Thursday, March 31, 2022

Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión Continues to Expand




 Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión Continues to Expand and Celebrate More U.S. Hispanic Communities and Fans    

National season-long campaign includes 387 MiLB games in 85 communities, 32 states

 

NEW YORK CITY, March 31, 2022  Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) today unveiled the schedule of games and the 85 on-field Hispanic identities for this season’s Copa de la Diversión® (Fun Cup™) event series. Continuing its annual expansion into more communities, eight new teams joined Copa de la Diversión (“Copa”) this season, with five teams returning with rebranded personas. 

The 387-game event series will kick off April 9 in Hillsboro, Oregon, with Nationwide returning as the Official Insurance Partner of the Copa initiative.

The eight MiLB teams joining Copa for the first time include the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Frisco RoughRiders, Great Lakes Loons, Quad Cities River Bandits, Somerset Patriots, St. Paul Saints, Syracuse Mets and Wichita Wind Surge. Two teams – the Corpus Christi Hooks and Winston-Salem Dash – return with all-new identities, while the Fresno Grizzlies, Lehigh Valley IronPigs and South Bend Cubs are back with updated looks. 

Copa de la Diversión is the centerpiece of MiLB’s “Es Divertido Ser Un Fan™” (“It’s Fun to be A Fan™”) Hispanic fan engagement initiative, which was created in 2017. Through the success of the Copa program, now in its fifth season, MiLB has solidified its commitment to the long-term growth of its U.S. Latino communities and its diversity and inclusion efforts across the country.

 

"It is important to our organization and all of Minor League Baseball that we continue to embrace everyone in and around our communities through the Copa initiative,” said Frisco RoughRiders President Victor Rojas. “We are excited to honor our rich and diverse Latino culture in hopes of creating a deeper connection to our community on a year-round basis."

 

During the first four seasons of the initiative, Copa-designated games had a nearly 20% higher average attendance than non-Copa games, and participating teams saw significant increases in merchandise sales, partnerships, and concessions revenues. Extending their reach into local communities, teams partnered with more than 200 local Latino organizations on various events and charitable endeavors.

 

“The continued growth of the Copa de la Diversión initiative reinforces the importance of connecting with our Latino fans and the Latino community nationwide,” said Kurt Hunzeker, MLB’s Vice President of Minor League Business Operations. “Our teams continue to authentically connect with the Latino population in their communities, leading to a deeper and more meaningful fan experience.”

 

At the end of the season, MiLB’s Latino Leadership and Community Growth Council, comprised of industry experts and civic leaders, will recognize the top-performing teams in several categories, including ballpark experience, community engagement, and philanthropic impact, and one team will be named the overall Copa de la Diversión champion. Previous winners include the Mariachis de Nuevo México (2018 and 2019) and the Wepas de Worcester (2021).

 

For more information on Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión initiative, visit MiLB.com/copa. To purchase tickets and official merchandise, visit MiLB.com/fans/copa/teams.

 

Minor League Baseball Team

Copa Brand Name

Translation

Akron RubberDucks

Perros Calientes de Akron

Hot Dogs

Albuquerque Isotopes

Mariachis de Nuevo México

New Mexico Mariachis

Amarillo Sod Poodles

Pointy Boots de Amarillo

-

Arkansas Travelers

Diamantes de Arkansas

Diamonds

Asheville Tourists

Yacumamas de Asheville

legendary serpent

Bowie Baysox

Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake

Chesapeake Ghost Crabs

Bowling Green Hot Rods

Bólidos de Bowling Green

Race Cars

Bradenton Marauders

Bradenton Barbanegras

Blackbeards

Brooklyn Cyclones

Brooklyn Jefes

Bosses

Carolina Mudcats

Pescados de Carolina

Fish

Cedar Rapids Kernels

Cinco Estaciones de Cedar Rapids

Five Seasons

Charleston RiverDogs

Perros Santos de Charleston

Holy Dogs

Charlotte Knights

Caballeros de Charlotte

Knights

Chattanooga Lookouts

Montañas de Chattanooga

Mountains

Columbia Fireflies

Chicharrones de Columbia

Pork Rinds

Columbus Clippers

Veleros de Columbus

Sailboats

Corpus Christi Hooks

Corpus Christi Cumbias

traditional style of dance and music

Daytona Tortugas

Daytona Tortugas

Turtles

Delmarva Shorebirds

Gallos de Delmarva

Roosters

Down East Wood Ducks

Avocados Luchadores de Down East

Avocado Fighters

Durham Bulls

Cervezas de Durham

Beers

El Paso Chihuahuas

El Paso Margaritas

-

Erie SeaWolves

Erie Piñatas

-

Eugene Emeralds

Monarcas de Eugene

Monarchs (Butterflies)

Everett AquaSox

Everett Conquistadores

Fighting Spirit

Fayetteville Woodpeckers

Guerreros de Fayetteville

Warriors

Fort Wayne Tin Caps

Manzanas Luchadoras de Fort Wayne

Fighting Apples

 

Fresno Grizzlies

Fresno Lowriders

-

 

Frisco RoughRiders

Quesos de Frisco

Cheese

Great Lakes Loons

Pepinillos Picantes del Norte

Spicy Pickles

Greenville Drive

Ranas de Río de Greenville

River Frogs

Gwinnett Stripers

Xolos de Gwinnett

breed of Mexican hairless dogs

Harrisburg Senators

Playeros

Beachy

Hartford Yard Goats

Los Chivos de Hartford

Goats

Hickory Crawdads

Llamas de Hickory

-

Hillsboro Hops

Soñadores de Hillsboro

Dreamers

Hudson Valley Renegades

Fenómenos Enmascarados de Valle de Hudson

Masked Phenomena

Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino

Cucuys de San Bernardino

Bogeymen

Iowa Cubs

Demonios de Des Moines

Demons

Jersey Shore Blue Claws

Medusas de Jersey Shore

Jellyfish

Lake County Captains

Picantes de Lake County

Spicy Peppers

Lake Elsinore Storm

Cadejos de Lake Elsinore

legendary supernatural spirits

Lansing Lugnuts

Lansing Locos

local “Go ’Nuts!” cheer

Las Vegas Aviators

Las Vegas Reyes de Plata

Silver Kings

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Lehigh Valley Coquís

Singing Tree Frogs

Louisville Bats

Murciélagos de Louisville

Bats

Memphis Redbirds

Memphis Música

Music

Midland RockHounds

Matamoscas de Midessa

Midland-Odessa Fly Swatters

Modesto Nuts

Alebrijes de Modesto

Spirit Animals

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Pelícanos de Myrtle Beach

Pelicans

Nashville Sounds

Nashville Vihuelas

Guitars

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Gatos Feroces de New Hampshire

Fisher Cats

Norfolk Tides

Pajaritos de Norfolk

Baby Birds

Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Naturales de Northwest Arkansas

Naturals

Oklahoma City Dodgers

Cielo Azul de Oklahoma City

Blue Sky

Omaha Storm Chasers

Cazadores de Tormentas de Omaha

Storm Chasers

Peoria Chiefs

Peoria en el Río

Peoria on the River

Portland SeaDogs

Alces de Maine

Moose

Quad Cities River Bandits

Bandidos del Rio de las Ciudades Cuádaruples

River Bandits

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Rancho Cucamonga Temblores

Quakes

Reading Fightin Phils

Luchadores de Reading

Fighters

Reno Aces

Corazones de Reno

Hearts

Richmond Flying Squirrels

Ardillas Voladoras de Richmond

Flying Squirrels

Rochester Red Wings

Cocos Locos de Rochester

Crazy Coconuts

Round Rock Express

Round Rock Chupacabras

legendary creature

Sacramento River Cats

Sacramento Dorados

Golden

Salem Red Sox

San Bernardos de Salem

Saint Bernards

Salt Lake Bees

Abejas de Salt Lake

Bees

San Antonio Missions

Flying Chanclas de San Antonio

Flying Sandals

San Jose Giants

San Jose Churros

-

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Vejigantes

Puerto Rican Folkloric Character

Somerset Patriots

Zorros de Somerset

Foxes

South Bend Cubs

Cabritos Maldichos de South Bend

Cursed Kids (young goats)

Springfield Cardinals

Cardenales de Springfield

Cardinals

St. Paul Saints

Santos de St. Paul

Saints

Stockton Ports

Caballos de Stockton

Horses

Syracuse Mets

Congueros de Syracuse

Conga drums

Tacoma Rainiers

Familia de Tacoma

Family

Tri-City Dust Devils

Viñeros de Tri-City

Winemakers

Visalia Rawhide

Visalia Toros

Bulls

West Michigan Whitecaps

Calaveras de West Michigan

Skulls

Wichita Wind Surge

Tumba Vacas de Wichita

Cow tippers

Winston-Salem Dash

Winston-Salem Salsa

-

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Cascabeles de Wisconsin

Rattlers

Worcester Red Sox

Wepas de Worcester

emphatic “Woo!” cheer

 

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