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

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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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

Parents always find new ways to be proud of their children and how to tell the world how proud they are. This includes Julio Urías’ father who recently unveiled his newest tattoo in honor of his World Series-winning son.

Julio Urías’ dad is showing off just how proud he is of his son.

Tattoo artist Andres Ortega Rojas posted photos on Instagram showing off the tattoo. Carlos Urías forever enshrined his sons victorious lunge after Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays while a tattoo on his left arm.

Rojas told TMZ that the tattoo took nine hours to complete and that is was Carlos’ first tattoo. The moment captured on Carlos’ arm is one that is etched into the brains of Dodgers fans. It was the first time the Dodger has won the World Series since 1988 ending a decades-long dry spell.

The tattoo is catching everyone’s attention.

People are loving the tribute made to his son with a tattoo. It being his first tattoo is even sweeter. We all know how much our parents are anti-tattoos so seeing this happen is extra touching. Julio is framed by the flags of the Commissioner’s Trophy in the tattoo marking what is clearly Carlos’ most proud moment.

The moment marks a culmination of a long journey to athletic stardom.

Julio first pitched for the Dodgers in 2015. The Mexican baseball player was called up to join the famed baseball team. Carlos and the family made a 13-hour road trip from the Mexican state of Sinaloa to Maryvale Park in Phoenix, Ariz. It was after that long trip that Carlos got to see Julio on the field pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers.

It just goes to show you that anything is possible and that, if you work towards your goals, they can come true.

READ: Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

Nike has long been known to scout some of the world’s greatest sports talents, especially when it comes to the world of soccer. It began with Neymar, who signed with the multinational corporation at the age of 13. That trend continued with Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, who, at the tender age of 11, became Nike’s youngest-ever affiliated athlete after dazzling at a youth tournament in New York.

But the bar has been raised once again. This time with an 8-year-old player who considered the next great prospect in Brazilian soccer.

Brazilian football prodigy Kauan Basile has signed with Nike at just 8-years-old.

Kauan Basile is just 8-years-old and he’s already playing for the Santos’ U-9 indoor football team. But now he’s just made history as the youngest player ever to sign a deal with Nike.

“I am very happy with the opportunity to play for Santos, as well as the contract. I like to play football,” Kauan Basile told Gazeta Esportiva

According to reports, the contract with Nike is guaranteed over three years, and there’s an option to extend it for two more. He’s now the youngest player in the world to sign with Nike. Even at the end of his contract, Basile will still be younger than both Messi and another ex-Santos kid, Neymar, in signing his first deal at Nike.

Messi put pen to paper on his first Nike contract aged 15, while Neymar was 13.

The kid is generating tons of buzz worldwide.

Basile’s agents, Mengoni Sports, revealed the news of the Nike deal with a proud post on social media. They wrote: “Today Kauan broke the record of being the youngest player in the WORLD by signing a contract with Nike!”

The post went on to add that “He is pure talent! He has football in the soul, in his heart and in his DNA.”

The sports world has reacted with excitement, especially across Brazil where football plays reach God-like status.

Football runs through Basile’s blood.

Like so many of football’s greats, Basile has the tradition of football in his blood. Both his father and great-grandfather both played professionally. His father Andrezinho was on the roster for Corinthians during his playing days.

And his dad couldn’t be more proud of his son going on to such major success, saying he’s ready for superstardom. He said: “He is a player with an absurd will to win. He has a lot of technical quality.”

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