Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Minor League Baseball Unveils On-Field Brands for “Copa de la Diversión”



Minor League Baseball Unveils On-Field Brands for “Copa de la Diversión”
Teams reveal culturally-relevant personas celebrating their local Hispanic/Latino communities
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Minor League Baseball® (MiLBTM) today revealed the on-field identities of the 33 teams participating in its new “Copa de la DiversiónTM” (“Fun CupTM”) season-long event series this season. “Copa de la Diversión” serves as a key component of MiLB’s “Es Divertido Ser Un Fan®” (“It’s Fun to be A Fan®”) Hispanic fan engagement initiative.
To distinctively launch this new initiative and visually celebrate the diversity that defines MiLB communities nationwide, MiLB and each participating team created culturally-relevant on-field personas that honor their respective U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities that are building, shaping and leading MiLB markets today. All “Copa” teams will adopt these new personas via on-field jerseys and caps during designated “Copa de la Diversión” games during the 2018 season. MiLB also introduced a new, “Copa”-specific website – MiLB.com/Copa – featuring each participating team’s unique identity and the story behind its selected on-field persona, and links for fans to purchase and pre-order any of the on-field caps, branded apparel and tickets to the “Copa” ballpark events.
Teams unveiling Hispanic/Latino identities as part of the “Copa de la Diversión” competition are listed below.
Minor League Baseball Team
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Spanish-Language Name
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Translation
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Albuquerque Isotopes
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Mariachis de Nuevo México
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New Mexico Mariachis
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Bowie Baysox
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Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake
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Ghost Crabs
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Brooklyn Cyclones
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Brooklyn Jefes
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Bosses
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Charlotte Knights
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Charlotte Caballeros
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Knights
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Corpus Christi Hooks
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Corpus Christi Raspas
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Snow Cones
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Daytona Tortugas
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Tortugas de Daytona
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Turtles
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Durham Bulls
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Toros de Durham
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Bulls
El Paso Chihuahuas
El Paso Chihuahuas
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Eugene Emeralds
Monarcas de Eugene
Monarchs (Butterflies)
Everett AquaSox
Everett Conquistadores
Conquerors
Greenville Drive
Greenville Energía
Drive
Hartford Yard Goats
Chivos de Hartford
Goats
Hillsboro Hops
Hillsboro Lúpulos
Hops
Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino
San Bernardino Cucuys
Bogeymen
Kane County Cougars
Kane County Cougars
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Kannapolis Intimidators
Rápidos de Kannapolis
Fast
Lake Elsinore Storm
Lake Elsinore Storm
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Las Vegas 51s
Las Vegas Reyes de Plata
Silver Kings
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Lehigh Valley Tocino
Bacon
Memphis Redbirds
Memphis Música
Music
Oklahoma City Dodgers
Cielo Azul de Oklahoma City
Blue Sky
Omaha Storm Chasers
Omaha Cazadores de Tormentas
Storm Chasers
Pawtucket Red Sox
Pawtucket Osos Polares
Polar Bears
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Rancho Cucamonga Temblores
Quakes
Round Rock Express
Round Rock Chupacabras
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Sacramento River Cats
Sacramento Dorados
Golden
Salt Lake Bees
Abejas de Salt Lake
Bees
San Antonio Missions
San Antonio Flying Chanclas
Flying Sandals
San Jose Giants
San Jose Gigantes
Giants
Stockton Ports
Stockton Caballos
Horses
Tulsa Drillers
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Petroleros de Tulsa
Oilmen
Visalia Rawhide
Visalia Toros
Rawhide
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Winston-Salem Dash
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Winston-Salem Rayados
Striped Ones
“Sports teams symbolize their respective community’s uniqueness, often adopting nicknames and logos depicting these special traits,” said Kurt Hunzeker, MiLB’s Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Research. “MiLB and the participating teams embraced this creative approach when developing the ‘Copa de la Diversión’ brand identities, and the final designs reflect the unique characteristics of each team’s fan base while staying true to MiLB’s one-of-a-kind brand of fan-centric fun.”
For more than two years, MiLB’s collaborative research with local U.S. Hispanic/Latino civic organizations helped establish potential on-field personas that represented the past, present and future of each market’s diverse population. This analysis also highlighted opportunities for the participating teams to enhance their gameday experiences with new food-and-beverage offerings, culturally-relevant music, customer service platforms and other fun activities.
MiLB’s in-house brand development team created 23 of the 33 “Copa”-specific identities, as well as the official logos for “Es Divertido Ser Un Fan” and the “Copa de la Diversión” event series.
The 165-game “Copa de la Diversión” event series begins on April 8, in Round Rock, Texas, and concludes on Sept. 2, in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
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