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2016 Toledo Mud Hens Season Preview

04/07/2016, 12:23am EDT

Today is opening day for the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field.

Toledo will begin the 2016 International League season with a match up against Louisville at 4:05 p.m.

But there is more than just baseball to celebrate this season in downtown Toledo as Hensville — a new entertainment district along a stretch of North St. Clair Street from Washington to Monroe streets, adjacent to the ballpark — makes it’s official debut.

■ HACKENBERG: Leyland’s longtime friend McClendon back in minors to manage Mud Hens

Today is opening day and Lloyd McClendon is the new manager of the Toledo Mud Hens.

■ HENSVILLE: New restaurant, entertainent area adjacent to ballpark looks to be a big hit

Hensville is the name of the new entertainment district along a stretch of North St. Clair Street from Washington to Monroe streets, adjacent to the ballpark. Two years in the making, it includes the expanded Swamp Shop, new retail shop Holy Toledo, rooftop bars, Nine restaurant, Fleetwood’s Tap Room, and Hensville Park.

■ TEAM ADDITIONS: Healthy Fulmer looks to help Hens

Eastern League pitcher of year part of Tigers’ Cespedes deal.

■ MEET THE MUD HENS: 2016 Toledo Mud Hens roster | Open the doors on 2016

Today is the dawn of a new season for the Toledo Mud Hens, whose roster features a number of unfamiliar faces. But a couple of players fans will recognize from last year hope to improve upon their efforts in 2016.

■ STADIUM ADJUSTMENTS: Netting extended to protect fans at Fifth Third Field

During last year’s winter meetings, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred requested that professional baseball teams take steps to protect fans from balls and bats flying into the stands. The Mud Hens were among the teams that listened to Manfred’s mandate.

■ AT THE PLATE: Hens’ new menu features real slugger

The Holy Toledo burger — the Mud Hens’ new slugger created by executive chef Dusten Brown — is definitely the heavy hitter among the new menu items at Fifth Third Field. A full pound of ground beef: not just two all-beef patties, but double that for a grand slam’s worth.

■ INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE: 40th anniversary for Syracuse title team ... its last

A look around the International League with team records, prospects, and more.

■ AT THE BALLPARK: Hensville adds to this season’s promotions

The team will have six themed jerseys nights as well as 22 nights of fireworks (starting May 7 and ending Sept. 4) tied to specific musical themes ranging from Star Wars, Motown, the rock band Kiss, polka music, and the Spice Girls.

■ STATS: Toledo baseball records, titles and affiliations

■ WEATHER: Rain, cold temps on deck for Hens’ opener today

■ PHOTOS: Mud Hens work out Wednesday before opener

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