The Detroit Tigers and Toledo Mud Hens (Class AAA; International League) are extending their marriage another two years, to 2016, with a PDC extension.
No surprise: the two have had a great relationship since 1987.
"General Manager Dave Dombrowski, Assistant General Manager Al Avila, Director of Minor League Operations Dan Lunetta and the rest of the staff have done a tremendous job of rebuilding the entire farm system since they came on board at the start of the 2002 season," said Mud Hens President & General Manager Joe Napoli. "That season was also the first for the Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field and both organizations have seen great success on and off the field over the last decade. We couldn't be happier with the partnership."
"We are thrilled and delighted to be extending our affiliation agreement through 2016," said Tigers' Director of Minor League Operations Dan Lunetta. "The Mud Hens represent everything a major league organization looks for in an affiliate relationship and this is and has been a perfect fit for each other for many years and we now look forward to continuing our partnership beyond next season. Toledo is an integral part of our player development program and the fan support we receive clearly plays a role in the decision to remain in Toledo. We couldn't be more appreciative for the support we receive in the Toledo community and we will continue to focus our efforts on bringing a championship back to Toledo."
In the last decade the Hens have made the post-season four times (2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007) and have won the International League's Governors' Cup twice (2005 & 2006).
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