Toledo Mud Hens

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Toledo Mud Hens
Founded in 1883
Toledo, Ohio
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentTriple-A (1946–1955, 1965–present)
Previous
  • Double-A (1908–1913, 1916–1945)
  • Single-A (1902–1907)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueInternational League (1965–present)
DivisionWest Division
Previous leagues
American Association (1902–1913, 1916–1955)
Major league affiliations
CurrentDetroit Tigers (1934–1935, 1949–1951, 1967–1973, 1987–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 1927
  • 1968
  • 2005
  • 2006
Division titles (6)
  • 1967
  • 2002
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2018
Team data
NicknameToledo Mud Hens (1902–1913, 1919–1952, 1965–present)
Previous names
  • Toledo Iron Men (1916–1918)
  • Toledo Sox (1953–1955)
ColorsNavy, red, white, gold
                   
MascotsMuddy & Muddonna
BallparkFifth Third Field (2002–present)
Previous parks
  • Ned Skeldon Stadium (1965–2001)
  • Swayne Field (1909–1955)
  • Armory Park (1897–1908)
  • Bay View Park (1896)
  • Whitestocking Park (1894–1895)
  • Olympic Park (1892)
  • Speranza Park (1888–1890)
  • League Park (1883–1885)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club, Inc.
ManagerDoug Mientkiewicz
General ManagerErik Ibsen

The Toledo Mud Hens are a professional Minor League Baseball team based in Toledo, Ohio. The Mud Hens play in the International League and are affiliated with the Detroit Tigers franchise of Major League Baseball, based about 50 miles (80 km) north of Toledo. They play their home games at Fifth Third Field.

History[edit]

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 American Association from its founding in 1903 until the franchise moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 1955. An International League franchise moved to Toledo from Richmond, Virginia in 1965 adopting the Mud Hens name to become the current incarnation of the Mud Hens.

Notable players[edit]

Season-by-season records[edit]

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

Season Wins Losses Win % Place Postseason
2014 69 74 .483 3rd in IL West Did Not Qualify
2015 61 83 .424 4th in IL West Did Not Qualify
2016 68 76 .472 4th in IL West Did Not Qualify
2017 70 71 .496 3rd in IL West Did Not Qualify
2018 73 66 .525 1st in IL West Lost Governors' Cup Semifinals
5-Year Record 341 370 .480 1 Division Title 0 League Titles

Current roster[edit]

Toledo Mud Hens roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers


Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Detroit Tigers 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated November 8, 2018
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • International League
Detroit Tigers minor league players

Popular culture[edit]

  • M*A*S*H character Maxwell Klinger (played by Jamie Farr) hailed from Toledo and often mentioned the Mud Hens as his favorite baseball team throughout the series. He was often seen wearing a Toledo Mud Hens jersey and cap. In fact, Klinger feels so strongly about the Mud Hens that he gets put on KP duty for a month when he hits his mortal enemy Sgt Zelmo Zale, who insulted the Mud Hens. Like Klinger, Farr was born and raised in Toledo. The Mud Hens retired jersey #1 in Farr's honor.
  • The title character of the comic strip Crankshaft was a pitcher for the Mud Hens just before World War II when he enlisted in the Army. He invariably wears a Mud Hens cap in the strip, and reminisces often about his playing days. In the summer of 2016 the Mud Hens retired jersey #13 in Crankshaft's honor.
  • Lou Brown, manager of the Cleveland Indians in the film Major League, managed in Toledo prior to managing the Indians.
  • Richard Pryor's character, Montgomery Brewster, in the 1985 film Brewster's Millions was said to have previously pitched for the Mud Hens.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Husman, John (2003). Baseball in Toledo. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738523275.
  • The Toledo Baseball Guide of the Mud Hens 1883–1943, Ralph Elliott Lin Weber, 1944.
  • www.baseball-reference.com

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