Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday the plan for 33 teams in Minor League Baseball to celebrate the Copa de la Diversión for a total of 165 games.
This season’s 165-game “Copa” event series is the cornerstone of MiLB’s expanding Hispanic fan initiative to engage, entertain and delight U.S. Hispanic/Latino baseball fans and communities.
Minor League Baseball and the “Copa 33” worked with local Hispanic civic organizations on the naming and creative processes for the culturally-relevant on-field personas.
Essentially, 33 minor league teams will not only don uniforms and hats that represent their alter-persona, but they'll also adapt said persona's nickname.
Check out the hats:
My personal favorites include the Petroleros de Tulsa (Drillers), the Winston-Salem Rayados (Dash), the Memphis Musica (Redbirds) and the Hillsboro Lupulos (Hops). The assumed Hispanic nicknames represent the area of the team itself, or are simply a Spanish-language version of the team's current nickname.
Lupulos, for example, is the Spanish word for hop plant.
Here are all the teams involved:
|TEAM (LEVEL)||COPA NAME (MEANING)||MLB AFFILIATE|
|Brooklyn Cyclones (SS)||Brooklyn Jefes (Bosses)||Mets|
|Charlotte Knights (AAA)||Charlotte Caballeros (Gentleman)||White Sox|
|Bowie Baysox (AA)||Cangrejos (Crabs) Fantasmas de Chesapeake Copa Branding||Orioles|
|Durham Bulls (AAA)||Toros (Bulls) de Durham||Rays|
|LeHigh Valley Iron Pogs (AAA)||Lehigh Valley Tocino (Bacon)||Phillies|
|Hartford Yard Goats (AA)||Los Chivos (Kid Goat) de Hartford||Rockies|
|Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)||Pawtucket Osos Polares (Polar Bears)||Red Sox|
|Greenville Drive (A)||Greenville Energía (Energy)||Red Sox|
|Daytona Tortugas (A)||Daytona Tortugas (Turtles)||Reds|
|Winston-Salem Dash (A+)||Winston-Salem Rayados (Striped Ones)||White Sox|
|Corpus Christi Hooks (AA)||Corpus Christi Raspas (Roughs)||Astros|
|Everett AquaSox (SS)||Everett Conquistadores (Conquerors)||Mariners|
|Eugene Emeralds (SS)||Eugene Monarcas (Monarchs)||Cubs|
|Kane County Cougars (A)||Kane County Cougars||Diamondbacks|
|Tulsa Drillers (AA)||Los Petroleros (Oilers) de Tulsa||Dodgers|
|El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)||El Paso Chihuahuas||Padres|
|Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA)||Mariachis (Mariachis) de Nuevo México||Rockies|
|Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA)||Omaha Cazadores de Tormentas (The Storm)||Royals|
|San Jose Giants||San Jose Gigantes (Giants)||Giants|
|Salt Lake Bees (AAA)||Las Abejas (Bees) de Salt Lake||Angels|
|Kannapolis Intimidators (A)||Los Rápidos (Fast) de Kannapolis||White Sox|
|Round Rock Express (AAA)||Round Rock Chupacabras||Rangers|
|San Antonio Missions (AA)||San Antonio Flying Chanclas (Flip-Flops)||Padres|
|Memphis Redbirds (AAA)||Memphis Música (Musicians)||Cardinals|
|Las Vegas 51s (AAA)||Las Vegas Reyes de Plata (Silver Kings)||Mets|
|Lake Elsinore Storm (A+)||Lake Elsinore Storm||Padres|
|Inland Empire 66ers (A+)||San Bernardino Cucuys (Bogeyman)||Angels|
|Stockton Ports (A+)||Stockton Caballos (Horses)||Athletics|
|Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A+)||Rancho Cucamonga Temblores (Earthquakes)||Dodgers|
|Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA)||Cielo Azul (Blue Skies) de Oklahoma City||Dodgers|
|Hillsboro Hops (SS)||Hillsboro Lúpulos (Hops)||Diamondbacks|
|Visalia Rawhide (A+)||Visalia Toros (Bulls)||Diamondbacks|
|Sacramento River Cats (AAA)||Sacramento Dorados (Goldens)||Giants|