More Than 30 Minor League Baseball Teams Changed Their Names To Honor Latino Fans For A Limited-Time Series

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Between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball, the count of Latino players is at a record high, a whopping 29.8 percent of players. So it’s no surprise that Latino fans have come out in droves to support their favorite teams.

In honor of their Latino fans, Minor League Baseball teams are playing a “Fun Cup” this season called “Copa de la Diversión” which comes with new Latino names and mascots, and the coolest sports gear ever.

Thirty-three teams are taking part in the 160-game series and their Latino team names are pretty awesome.

Minor League Baseball officials launched “Copa de la Diversión” to “embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams’ local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities,” MILB stated on its website.

The limited time series begins on April 8, in Round Rock, Texas, and runs through September 2 in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Here’s some amazing highlights from this cool transformation.

Los Cucuys De San Bernardino

Say goodby to Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino. Los Cucuys are here.

Azalea Sanchez, Outreach Coordinator for the 66ers, talked about why they chose the name they did.

“El Cucuy is the Spanish equivalent of The Boogieman. It is something that resonates with all of us in the Latino community,” Azalea said on their website. “The Sixers are giving us a place to come together, and partake in something we can relate back to our roots.”

Los Toros de Durham

The Durham Bulls didn’t do a huge overhaul but the logo is still pretty great.

“This year the Bulls, in association with MiLB, developed a new logo and mark for the initiative,” team leader wrote on their blog. “The new logo is a bolder, more intense take than that traditionally associated with the Bulls, as it’s a reimagined, front-facing Snorting Bull.”

San Antonio Flying Chanclas

Look out for the flying chanclas, aka a Latinos greatest fear.

“The club honors the matriarch of the Latino family, the Abuelita, and her symbol of strength, discipline and love with its on-field persona for this special series of events,” the San Antonio Missions said on their site. “The chancla has long been symbolic of the Abuelita as she maintains the structure and order of la familia.”

Mariachis de Nuevo México

The Albuquerque Isotopes discuss why they chose Mariachis as their mascot:

“Mariachis, like baseball, provide the colorful soundtrack to people’s lives. Mariachi bands are an essential source of entertainment in Mexico and the Southwest region of the United States. Mariachi bands can be found at celebrations such as baptisms, birthdays, weddings or celebrating a loved one’s life at a funeral. The inclusion of the sugar skull in the Mariachis logo pays homage to the importance of Dia de los Muertos, a colorful celebration to honor death and those who have passed.”

Corpus Christi Raspas

“This celebration is a terrific way to honor the Hispanic culture in the Coastal Bend and our team’s diverse fanbase,” Corpus Christi Hooks vice president of sales and marketing Andy Steavens said. “The tradition of raspas is one of the most fun and unique aspects of South Texas. We’re truly going to transform our team’s look and in-stadium experience during these games. It’ll be a weekend to remember.”

They better sell raspados at the game.

Monarcas de Eugene

From an emerald to a butterfly. The Eugene Emeralds explain the symbolism behind their new name.

“The Monarch butterfly performs one of the most spectacular journeys and has become a subtle and beautiful symbol for the migrant community.”

Click here to view the entire roster of participating teams and to purchase the limited edition sportswear.


READ: 10 of the Swaggiest Latino Moments In Recent MLB History

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