2018-08-23 / News

Ruggiero: Worcester made better offer to PawSox

The PawSox have commenced their transition into the WooSox.

After nearly 12 months of rumored negotiations, the Pawtucket Red Sox announced last week the team will move from McCoy Stadium to New England’s second biggest city, Worcester, beginning in 2021. The move includes a new 10,000-seat stadium.

Although the state legislature in Rhode Island passed a bill to keep the Boston Red Sox’s Triple A affiliate, the measure was too little, too late.

“We are eager to build an innovative, family-friendly ballpark that reflects the love and appreciation of baseball,” said Larry Lucchino, chairman of the team.

Rep. Deb Ruggiero, a Jamestown resident, voted for the legislation, which was signed by Gov. Gina Raimondo in June. Under that plan, the state and the team would partner to build an $83-million mini-Fenway Park on the Apex building site along Route 95.

“As I’ve said all along, the PawSox belong in Pawtucket,” Raimondo said at the time. “No one wants to see them end up in Worcester.”

Ruggiero, however, said Rhode Island just couldn’t compete with the Bay State’s offer.

“It’s very disappointing that Rhode Island was outbid and outmaneuvered by Massachusetts, but the numbers are hard facts,” she said. “Worcester is putting up $100 million dollars versus Pawtucket’s $71 million. The PawSox owners are only investing $30 million in Worcester instead of the $45 million that they agreed to in Pawtucket.”

Additionally, taxpayers in Massachusetts are kicking in $35 million compared to the $23 million offered by Rhode Islanders.

Dawn Euer, Jamestown’s state senator, did not respond to an email sent Monday morning asking for comment.

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