The Detroit Tigers Triple-A Affiliate is the Toledo Mud Hens who play in the International League.
The Mud Hens host their home games at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio. Since 1987 the Mud Hens have been affiliated with the Detroit Tigers.
The original affiliation for the Mud Hens was the Detroit Tigers in 1934, but since then they have held affiliations with the Twins, Indians, Phillies, Yankees, Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Browns, and New York Giants. Finally, though, they settled with the Detroit Tigers.
The Mud Hens have posted losing seasons over the past five years and haven’t qualified for the playoffs as a result. Their last league title came in 2006 and the Mud Hens haven’t fared better since then.
They have had notable alumni play over the years including Curtis Granderson, Max Scherzer, Omar Infante and Mike Hessman. Hessman has been dubbed the real-life ‘Crash Davis’ for his notably long career in the minors, where he racked up the record for career home runs in the minors.
The Mud Hens posted a losing record last season while taking third in the International League.
In years past the Detroit Tigers have had mediocre farm teams. But, with the rebuild going on and prospects being hauled in by the trade teams are sure to improve. Given the fun nature of minor league games, attendance is sure to soar in the next couple years.