Senator Pat Toomey Disappointed With Wolf's Decision To Not Allow Blue Jays At PNC Park

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By 93.7 The Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania Pat Toomey released a statement regarding the state’s decision to not allow the Toronto Blue Jays from playing at PNC Park.

“This decision by Governor Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine is baffling and disappointing,” Senator Toomey said.

“If it is safe for Pittsburgh to host the Pirates and visiting clubs for thirty games – and it is – then it is safe for Pittsburgh to host the Pirates, the Blue Jays, and visiting teams for nearly 60 games.”

Yesterday, Senator Toomey held a virtual roundtable with Pirates’ General Manager Ben Cherington, Philadelphia Phillies’ first baseman Rhys Hoskins, MLB Medical Director Dr. Gary Green, MLB Senior VP and Deputy General Counsel Patrick Houlihan, and MLBPA Chief Operating Officer Xavier James.

During the roundtable, it was discussed how the MLB is keeping their players safe, and the precautions that are being taken.

“As explained during my roundtable yesterday, Major League Baseball and the Players Association are adhering to CDC guidelines and implementing a rigorous COVID-19 prevention and testing program,” Senator Toomey said in his statement.

Senator Toomey would go on to say that the Blue Jays playing at PNC Park would have brought a meaningful boost to local businesses and ballpark workers.

“The Blue Jays in Pittsburgh would have meant more hours for some ballpark workers, increased tax revenue for the city, and a small yet meaningful boost for a number of local businesses struggling during the pandemic.”

Senator Toomey hopes that Gov. Wolf and Secretary Levine change their minds before it is too late to bring the Blue Jays to Pittsburgh for the summer.

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