Toledo Mud Hens

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Toledo Mud Hens
Founded in 1965
Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Mud Hens logo.svg ToledoMudHensCap.png
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
Class Triple-A (1965–present)
League Triple-A East (2021–present)
DivisionMidwest Division
Previous leagues
International League (1965–2020)
Major league affiliations
Team Detroit Tigers (1987–present)
Previous teams
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 1968
  • 2005
  • 2006
Division titles (6)
  • 1967
  • 2002
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2018
Team data
NameToledo Mud Hens (1965–present)
ColorsNavy, red, white, gold
    
MascotsMuddy and Muddonna
Ballpark Fifth Third Field (2002–present)
Previous parks
Ned Skeldon Stadium (1965–2001)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club
General ManagerErik Ibsen
Manager Tom Prince

The Toledo Mud Hens are a Minor League Baseball team of the Triple-A East and the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. They are located in Toledo, Ohio, and play their home games at Fifth Third Field. From their 1965 establishment as a Triple-A franchise through 2020, the Mud Hens were members of the International League. They joined the Triple-A East in 2021.

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Background

Muddy in a parade Old West End Festival 2010 DSC05510 (4673774381).jpg
Muddy in a parade

Professional baseball had been played off and on in Toledo since 1883, but the Mud Hens era began in 1896 with the "Swamp Angels", who played in the Interstate League. They played in Bay View Park, which was outside the Toledo city limits and therefore not covered by the city's blue laws. The park was located near marshland inhabited by American coots, also known as "mud hens." For this reason, the local press soon dubbed the team the "Mud Hens"—a nickname that has stuck to Toledo baseball teams for all but a few years since. After only one year, though, the team moved to Armory Park. [1]

A Mud Hens team played in the Interstate League from 1896 through 1900, then the Western Association in 1901, the American Association from 1902 through 1913, the Southern Michigan League in 1914, and retuned to the American Association from 1916 to 1952. [2] :95

Mid-season in 1952, Mud Hens owner Danny Menendez moved the Mud Hens to Charleston, West Virginia, [3] where they competed as the Charleston Senators through 1960. Toledo fielded a replacement franchise in the American Association from 1953 to 1955, the Toledo Sox, which was the former Milwaukee Brewers minor-league team. That franchise subsequently moved to Wichita, Kansas, for the 1956 season, where it competed as the Wichita Braves through 1958.

History

An International League franchise moved to Toledo from Richmond, Virginia in 1965 adopting the Mud Hens name to become the current incarnation of the Toledo Mud Hens. However they were based in Maumee, Ohio at the converted Fort Miami Fairgrounds. The local ownership group led by Ned Skeldon signed with the New York Yankees to be its top minor league team. In 1967, the Detroit Tigers replaced the Yankees as its major league affiliate. That year, the team was third in the league but claimed the Governor's Cup via the four team playoff. The next year the team won a record 83 games and the league pennant, while failing to win the cup again. The team was affiliated with Detroit until 1974. In 1974 and 1975, the Phillies affiliated with the Mud Hens, followed by two years affiliated with Cleveland Indians. All four seasons were losing seasons. [1] pg. 77

The Minnesota Twins took over as the team's major league affiliate and brought in Gene Cook as general manager, who was good at promoting the team, particularly as a family event. Cook also got Jamie Farr to incorporate the Mud Hens in Farr's M*A*S*H character's background. [1] pg. 77

In conjunction with Major League Baseball's restructuring of Minor League Baseball in 2021, the Mud Hens were organized into the 20-team Triple-A East. [4]

Notable players

Season-by-season records

The records of the last five Toledo Mud Hens seasons are listed below.

SeasonWinsLossesWin %PlacePostseason
20156183.4244th in IL WestDid not qualify
20166876.4724th in IL WestDid not qualify
20177071.4963rd in IL WestDid not qualify
20187366.5251st in IL WestLost Governors' Cup Semi-finals
20196674.471T-2nd in IL WestDid not qualify
5-Year Record338370.4771 Division Title0 League Titles

Roster

Toledo Mud Hens roster
PlayersCoaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Detroit Tigers 40-man roster
~ Development list
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
± Taxi squad
† Temporarily inactive list
Roster updated July 27, 2021
Transactions
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Detroit Tigers minor league players

See also

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Husman, John (2003). Baseball in Toledo. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN   0738523275.
  2. The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, editors (Third ed.). Baseball America. 2007. ISBN   1932391177.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. Whiteford, Mike (August 17, 2019). "Out of nowhere in 1952, Charleston had a chance for Class AAA baseball". Charleston Gazette-Mail . Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  4. Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  5. "Toledo News Bee Page 11 Column 2 Sports". April 7, 1921. Retrieved July 5, 2019.