Tiger Talk: A
Helping Hens Charity Benefit
Toledo Mud Hens fans get the chance to
hear from Detroit Tigers new manager Brad Ausmus
and five-time All-Star Torii Hunter at Tiger Talk: A
Helping Hens Charity Benefit on January 23, 2014.
Tiger Talk leads off the 2014 Toledo Mud Hens charitable efforts
for the year. Helping Hens mission is to foster new
relationships with groups and organizations who are committed to
the education and recreational development of our area youth.
In 2013, Toledo Mud Hens “Helping Hens Charitable Fund” was able
to donate nearly $50,000 to local nonprofit organizations in the
This inaugural event will be held in the BirdCage
restaurant at Fifth Third Field and will include a sit-down
dinner, question and answer session with Tigers Manager Brad
Ausmus and right fielder Torii Hunter, led by “Around the Bases”
host and Mud Hens broadcaster, Matt Melzak. Raffle
prizes from the Mud Hens and Tigers will be announced throughout
the night, including grand prizes at the end of the evening.
There will also be a live auction to benefit the Helping Hens
Charitable Fund with several items and special experiences.
Ausmus is Detroit’s 37th manager succeeding
Perrysburg native, Jim Leyland, who announced his
retirement in October after eight seasons as the skipper. A
former Major League catcher, Ausmus, 44, was originally drafted
by the New York Yankees in 1987. He
was then drafted by the Colorado Rockies from the Yankees in the
1992 expansion draft and later traded to the San Diego Padres
where he made his major league debut on July 28, 1993. He played
parts of 18 seasons in the majors with the Padres (1993-96),
Detroit Tigers (1996, 1999-2000), Houston Astros (1997-98,
2001-2007) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2009-10).