A longtime affiliation will continue, as the Toledo Mud Hens (Class AAA; International League) have extended their agreement. The renewal runs through the 2018 season.
“Toledo and Detroit have had a strong partnership since 1987 and I’m looking forward to the next two years,” said Toledo Mud Hens General Manager Erik Ibsen. “There is no question the goal for both the Hens and Tigers is to be successful on the field. We’re dedicated to working together to help prospects reach their goal of advancing to the highest level of the game and creating championship teams.”
Toledo has made the post-season four times (2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007) and has won the International League’s Governors’ Cup twice (2005 & 2006) while at Fifth Third Field. The Toledo Mud Hens recently completed their 15th season at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo with a 68-76 record.
“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with the Toledo Mud Hens,” said Dave Littlefield, Tigers’ Vice President of Player Development. “Toledo runs a first class operation and continues to play an integral role in preparing our players for the Major Leagues. Our organizational goal is to field a competitive and winning team in Toledo and we certainly would like to reward Mud Hens fans with a championship to celebrate.”
Thirty players wore both a Toledo and Detroit uniform this season: Matt Boyd, Tyler Collins, Buck Farmer, Michael Fulmer, Shane Greene, Anthony Gose, Blaine Hardy, John Hicks, Jose Iglesias, Logan Kensing, JaCoby Jones, Dixon Machado, Joe Mantiply, J.D. Martinez, Cameron Maybin, James McCann, Casey McGehee, Dustin Molleken, Steven Moya, Daniel Norris, Bobby Parnell, Mike Pelfrey, Alex Presley, Bruce Rondon, Kyle Ryan, Warwick Saupold, Drew VerHagen, Alex Wilson, Bobby Wilson, and Jordan Zimmermann.
The Toledo Mud Hens hit a major attendance milestone this season by welcoming their 8-millionth fan. Since moving downtown in 2002, attendance has topped the half-million mark every season.