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A Message to Our Fans

April 16, 2020

Mud Hens fans,

Today would have marked the 124th Opening Day in Toledo Baseball history and the Mud Hens 19th at Fifth Third Field in Downtown Toledo. It's always a special day for me when I get to welcome friends back to the ballpark. We can't thank you enough for the support you've shown the Mud Hens as we navigate these unprecedented times. Your emails, phone messages and social media posts sharing how much you can't wait for the season to start have meant everything. We are with you!

So, we look to today - Hens Opening Stay - as a new experience for all of us. For the first time in our history we will celebrate it virtually. We invite your entire family to join us for the Facebook Live event when we replay one of the Mud Hens' most exciting games- Game 5 of the 2006 IL Governors Cup Championship. 

America's favorite pastime is more than a game. Baseball brings us together. Our hope today is that you spend it with each other making new memories from your living rooms and your backyards. That when you root, root, root for the Mud Hens, you celebrate each other for making a difference by staying home.

We are extremely grateful for our medical personnel and first responders, the "essential" individuals working tirelessly to keep our community safe to ensure we can return to normal as quickly as possible. There will come a day at Fifth Third Field when we stand and show our thanks to them. Until then, please consider nominating your Hometown Hero. We will be recognizing our heroes weekly on Facebook. [SUBMIT HERE]

While we don't know when our Opening Day will officially take place, we know we will continue to be here for you and for our community. I invite you to follow our social media channels for information and interactive content and don't forget to tag us with your activities.

Thank you for being the best fans in Minor League Baseball!

Now, to help you get ready for #HensOpeningStay, I want to share a special message from Toledo's Favorite Son, Jamie Farr. [WATCH VIDEO]

Until we see each other again, stay safe at home.


Go Hens,

Erik Ibsen

Executive Vice President & General Manager | Toledo Mud Hens

March 18, 2020

Mud Hens fans,

Mud Hens baseball has been a part of Toledo for more than 100 years. Generations of families and friends have been coming to the ballpark to share experiences, make memories and root, root, root for the Mud Hens. We have always treasured and looked forward to the time you spend with us at Fifth Third Field. Now during this unprecedented time in our country, the health and safety of all our Mud Hens fans, staff and employees is our top priority as an organization.

Last week Minor League Baseball (MiLB) made the decision to delay the start of the season in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is a rapidly evolving situation that we take very seriously.

We are continuously monitoring the developments. We are taking direction and guidance from our local, state and federal agencies and organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, along with our partners at Minor League Baseball, Major League Baseball and Detroit Tigers.

We look forward to the day when the smell of hotdogs and the shout of 'Play Ball' are in the air. For now, we will continue the process of preparing for your safe return to Fifth Third Field. Once we know more about Opening Day and potential dates for our season, we will share that with you. If you already have tickets for a 2020 Mud Hens game, hold onto them, we will be working with you as information becomes available.

We will continue to update our website and social media channels. If you have questions, please reach out to the Mud Hens at 419-725-4367 or through Facebook and Twitter. Until then, be safe, be kind and healthy.


Erik Ibsen

Executive Vice President & General Manager | Toledo Mud Hens

March 12, 2020

Pat O'Conner, Minor League Baseball President & CEO, released the following statement regarding the delay of Minor League Baseball Opening Day due to the coronavirus pandemic:

Dear Minor League Baseball Fans,

As you may be aware, with the closure of Spring Training camps in Arizona and Florida in response to the coronavirus outbreak across the country, the Minor League Baseball season will not start on April 9 as planned.

With the health and well-being of the players, umpires, team employees and our fans in mind, we will continue to monitor the developments and follow guidelines set forth by public health agencies and our partners at Major League Baseball.

Once the public health experts and agencies have decided it is safe to begin the 2020 season, and the players are physically ready to begin the season, we will do so. But, for now, I ask all fans to follow the protocols set forth by public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and your local government authorities.

Please visit to stay connected with your local team. Questions about exchanging tickets, refunds and other general questions should be directed to your local team.

Your health and safety are the top priority right now and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak.


Pat O'Conner

President & CEO | Minor League Baseball

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