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Copa de la Diversión teams

Minor League Baseball has just upped the number of teams in its Copa de la Diversión initiative to 92. The award-winning initiative of cultural engagement with Hispanic and Latinx communities enters its third season in 2020. A complete list of the teams can be found at https://www.mascotdb.com/copa-teams. With the latest editions, here are all of the current teams to date. 

Copa de la Diversión

Abejas de Salt Lake

Salt Lake Bees

Salt Lake City, Utah

Alces de Maine

Portland Sea Dogs

Portland, Maine

Alebrijes de Modesto

Modesto Nuts

Modesto, California

Ardillas Voladoras de Richmond

Richmond Flying Squirrels

Richmond, Virginia

Avocados Luchadores de Down East

Down East Wood Ducks

Kinston, North Carolina

Boise Papas Fritas

Boise Hawks

Boise, Idaho

Bólidos de Bowling Green

Bowling Green Hot Rods

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Bradenton Barbanegras

Bradenton Marauders

Bradenton, Florida

Brooklyn Jefes

Brooklyn Cyclones

Brooklyn, New York

Caballeros de Charlotte

Charlotte Knights

Charlotte, North Carolina

Caballos de Stockton

Stockton Ports

Stocktonm, Californai

Cabritos Maldichos de South Bend

South Bend Cubs

South Bend, Indiana

Cadejos de Lake Elsinore

Lake Elsinore Storm

Lake Elsinore, California

Calaveras de West Michigan

West Michigan Whitecaps

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Campesinos de Salem-Keizer

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

Salem, Oregon

Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake

Bowie Baysox

Bowie, Maryland

Cardenales de Springfield

Springfield Cardinals

Springfield,Missouri

Carnívoros de Ogden

Ogden Raptors

Ogden, Utah

Cascabeles de Wisconsin

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Appleton, Wisconsin

Cazadores de Tormentas de Omaha

Omaha Storm Chasers

Omaha, Nebraska

Chicharrones de Columbia

Columbia Fireflies

Columbia, South Carolina

Chivos de Hartford

Hartford Yard Goats

Hartford, Connecticut

Chupacabras de Round Rock

Round Rock Express

Round Rock, Texas

Churros de San José

San Jose Giants

San Jose, California

Cielo Azul de Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Dodgers

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Cinco Estaciones de Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Kernels

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Clinton Elotes

Clinton Lumber Kings

Clinton, Iowa

Cocos Locos de Rochester

Rochester Red Wings

Rochester, New York

Conquistadores de Everett

Everett AquaSox

Everett, Washington

Coquís de Florida

Florida Fire Frogs

Kissimmee, Florida

Coquís de Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Corazones de Reno

Reno Aces

Reno, Nevada

Cougars de Kane County

Kane County Cougars

Geneva, Illinois

Cucuys de San Bernardino

Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

Demonios de Des Moines

Iowa Cubs

Des Moines, Iowa

Diamantes de Arkansas

Arkansas Travelers

North Little Rock, Arkansas

El Viento de Lancaster

Lancaster JetHawks

Lancaster, California

En el Río de Peoria

Peoria Chiefs

Peoria, Illinois

Energía de Greenville

Greenville Drive

Greenville, South Carolina

Fenomenos Enmascarados del Valle de Hudson

Hudson Valley Renegades

Fishkill, New York

Flying Chanclas de San Antonio

San Antonio Missions

San Antonio, Texas

Frijoles Saltarines de Puerto Carlota

Charlotte Stone Crabs

Port Charlotte, Florida

Gallos de Delmarva

Delmarva Shorebirds

Delmarva, Maryland

Gatos Feroces de New Hampshire

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Manchester, New Hampshire

Guerreros de Fayetteville

Fayetteville Woodpeckers

Fayetteville, North Carolina

La Familia de Tacoma

Tacoma Rainiers

Tacoma, Washington

Las Leyendas de Lexington

Lexington Legends

Lexington, Kentucky

Llamas de Hickory

Hickory Crawdads

Hickory, North Carolina

Lloronas de Montaña Rocosa

Rocky Mountain Vibes

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Locos de Lansing

Lansing Lugnuts

Lansing, Michigan

Los Peleadores Peleadores de Reading

Reading Fightin Phils

Reading, Pennsylvania

Lowriders de Fresno

Fresno Grizzlies

Fresno, California

Lowriders de Fresno

Fresno Grizzlies

Fresno, California

Luchadores de Reading

Reading Fightin Phils

Reading, Pennsylvania

Madres de Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls Chukars

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Mal de Ojo de Durham

Durham Bulls

Durham, North Carolina

Manzanas Luchadoras de Fuerte Wayne

Fort Wayne TinCaps

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Margaritas de El Paso

El Paso Chihuahuas

El Paso, Texas

Mariachis de Nuevo México

Albuquerque Isotopes

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Matamoscas de Midessa

Midland RockHounds

Midland, Texas

Medusas de Lakewood

Lakewood BlueClaws

Lakewood, New Jersey

Molinos de Burlington

Burlington Royals

Burlington, North Carolina

Monarcas de Eugene

Eugene Emeralds

Eugene, Oregon

Montañas de Chattanooga

Chattanooga Lookouts

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Murciélagos de Louisville

Louisville Bats

Louisville, Kentucky

Música de Memphis

Memphis Redbirds

Memphis, Tennessee

Naturales del Noroeste de Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Springdale, Arkansas

Ocelotes de Greensboro

Greensboro Grasshoppers

Greensboro, North Carolina

Osos Polares de Pawtucket

Pawtucket Red Sox

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Pajaritos de Norfolk

Norfolk Tides

Norfolk, Virginia

Patos Joyuyos de Down East

Down East Wood Ducks

Kinston, North Carolina

Pelícanos de Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Perros Santos de Charleston

Charleston RiverDogs

Charleston, South Carolina

Pescados de Carolina

Carolina Mudcats

Zebulon, North Carolina

Petroleros de Tulsa

Tulsa Drillers

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Picantes de Lake County

Lake County Captains

Eastlake, Ohio

Piñatas de Erie

Erie SeaWolves

Erie, Pennsylvania

Playeros de Harrisburg

Harrisburg Senators

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Pointy Boots de Amarillo

Amarillo Sod Poodles

Amarillo, TX

Puentes de Tri-City

Tri-City ValleyCats

Troy, New York

Rápidos de Kannapolis

Kannapolis Intimidators

Kannapolis, North Carolina

Raspas de Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Hooks

Corpus Christi, Texas

Rayados de Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem Dash

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Reyes de Plata de Las Vegas

Las Vegas Aviators

Las Vegas, Nevada

Sacramento Dorados

Sacramento River Cats

Sacramento, California

San Bernardos de Salem

Salem Red Sox

Salem, Massachusetts

Soñadores de Hillsboro

Hillsboro Hops

Hillsboro, Oregon

Temblores de Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Rancho Cucamonga, California

Toros de Visalia

Visalia Rawhide

Visalia, California

Tortugas de Daytona

Daytona Tortugas

Daytona, Florida

Trueno de Trenton

Trenton Thunder

Trenton, New Jersey

Vejigantes de Scranton Wilkes/Barre

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Veleros de Columbus

Columbus Clippers

Columbus, Iowa

Vihuelas de Nashville

Nashville Sounds

Nashville, Tennessee

Viñeros de Tri-City

Tri-City Dust Devils

Kennewick, Washington

Xolos de Gwinnett

Gwinnett Stripers

Gwinnett, Georgia

Yacumamas de Asheville

Asheville Tourists

Asheville, North Carolina

 

Weather-related team names

While much of the United States and Canada is mired in the throes of winter, it gives us time to celebrate the great winter and other weather-related team names.

Fargo FreezeIt's cold out there, in fact it's freezing in most places, especially in Fargo, North Dakota where I spent my college years. Fargo once hosted an indoor football team appropriately named the Fargo Freeze. Several other teams have adopted Freeze, or adaptations of it such as Northern Freeze, Freezers and Freezz (the 'zz' ending being a Utah ifavorite). Feeling the Chill yet? Minnesota and blizzards go hand-in-hand during the winter, so Minnesota Blizzard is an apt moniker, especially for a hockey team. Variations of Blizzard include Blizzards, Blue Blizzard and Irish Blizzard. The Vermont Ice Storm serve as a dangerous variant of a blizzard. Love the snow? They do in the Poconos, where they have the Pocono Snow. Take a jaunt up north from there to find the Western New York Thundersnow. Be careful you don't get Frostbite! The Yeti/Yetis are prepared to handle an abonimable winter!

Miami HeatHad enough of the cold? Let's go to the (non)polar opposite - the Heat! The most famous Heat are the Miami Heat NBA franchise. ♫ "It's like a Heatwave" ♫  In Hot Springs, Montana you'll find the Hot Springs Savage Heat. California has been home to the California Sunshine and the Sacramento Scorch

California has also played host to a few teams of a different weather ilk - the Bakersfield Fog and the San Francisco Fog. The University of San Francisco was originally known as the St. Ignatius College Grey Fog

Carolina HurricanesWind is a major factor in weather, from the mild Breeze to the extreme Hurricanes and everything in between. Different types of relatively innocuous Winds include Whirlwinds (Whirlies), Dust Devils/Dustdevils/Dusters, Golden Gusties, Zephyrs, Chinook/Chinooks, Monsoon/Monsoons, Gales/Golden Gales and Wind Surge. More devastating wind events include Tornado/Tornados/Tornadoes, Twisters, Cyclone/Cyclones, Typhoons on up to Hurricane/Hurricanes.

Many of the above team names are types of Storm/Storms. Events associated with Storms include Thunder, Thunderbolts and Flashes of Lightning. Extreme storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes can lead to Floods, which inspired the name of the Zanesville Flood Sufferers - one of the classic baseball team names of the early 20th century. Omaha's Storm Chasers will keep you informed on severe weather.

Please note that many of these team names have color variations - to see the complete list, click on the 'Browse' tab above.

 

 

 

Halloween team names

Halloween is just around the corner, and kids (and adults!) can't wait! You can be almost anything for Halloween, but the holiday is synonymous with some nocturnal mischief makers.

We'll detail some of the better #HalloweenTeamNames, and you can suggest your own!

"Well, there are all manner of lesser imps and demons, Pete, but the great Satan hisself is red and scaly with a bifurcated tail, and he carries a hay fork."
- Ulysses Everett McGill "O Brother, Where Art Thou"

Devils Lake SatansThere have been a couple of Satans teams (they're both defunct now), most notably the Devils Lake Satans of North Dakota. There are Devils aplenty – most notably the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils. ¿Hablas español? Hay Diablos! The El Paso Diablos were a long-time Minor League Baseball franchise and back in the 1950s there was a team known as the Diablos Rojos ("Red Devils"). There are lots of other "colored" devils, such as the Duke Blue Devils, and other adjectived devils such as the Arizona State University Sun Devils. Though relatively innocuous, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays were de-deviled to appeal to a broader demographic. There are also Demons galore - most famously the Blue Demons of DePaul University and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Several animals act as Halloween's "spirit animals". Black Cats are favorites, and Bats also adorn Halloween decor. (How appropriate are the Belfry Bats of small-town Belfry, Montana?) The Great Bend Bat Cats straddle the line between the two. Ah-hoo! There were Werewolves of London! And there have been several incarnations of Beast. But so far, no Chupacabras that we know of!

What other creatures roam the night? Why Zombies, of course! Sadly, only one team in our database has donned the moniker, although the Monroeville Zombies (Zack and Miri Make a Porno) make our Fictional Teams List. Witches not only are a perennially popular costume, but are part of American history. Remember the infamous Salem witch trials? Salem, Massachusetts hasn't forgotten - their high school team name is the Witches. A Warlock has come to be known as a male witch, although witches may be male or female. Other practioners of Magic (the National Basketball Association has the Orlando Magic) include Wizards (the NBA has the Washington Wizards) and the Mystics (Washington's WNBA franchise). Voodoo is represented by the Voodoo Dolls and Voo Doo Dawgs.  Ghosts (Casper, Wyoming had a Minor League team named the Casper Ghosts. Get it?), Ghost Riders and Phantoms haunt the landscape of minor league sports. Goblins make a sole appearance at the high school level, and there seems to be a lot of Spirit - so much that we'll call it Spirits. The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever - and Flying Dutchmen can be found in places where Dutch immigrants settled.

Feel free to add to our list by contacting us, commenting below, or tagging #HalloweenTeamNames on Twitter. Happy Halloweening!