Baseball’s back! Mud Hens set to open 2021 season
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - It’s been 610 long days, but baseball is finally back in Toledo. The Toledo Mud Hens are scheduled to open their 2021 season at 6:35 p.m. tonight at Fifth Third Field.
The Mud Hens had their 2020 season canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. That misfortune did lead to one T-shirt in the Swamp Shop that crowns the Hens as the 2020 International League undefeated champions.
The 2021 season won’t be like previous years, with new health and safety guidelines in place. Fifth Third Field will operate at a reduced capacity. Masks must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking in a seat, and tickets are sold in six-seat pods, with all adjoining seats roped off. For a complete list of guidelines, head to the Mud Hens website.
The Hens will send right-hander Matt Manning to the mound for the opening day start. Manning, one of the top-20 prospects in all of Minor League Baseball, had 148 strikeouts in 133.2 innings in 2019 for AA Erie.
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