As part of Minor League Baseball’s initiative celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture, the Reno Aces will become “Los Corazones de Reno” for four games during the upcoming 2019 season.
“The heart milagro symbolizes love. A milagro means ‘miracle’ and can bring good luck to its wearer,” an Aces press release said. “By rebranding ourselves Los Corazones de Reno, we pair the love of our community and within the Latino culture with fire for passion, chili peppers representative of the connection between food and family, and a baseball, the key object in a game of passion that brings people together. Los Corazones provides the local community another opportunity to bond over music, clothing, food and dancing while enjoying the night together at the ballpark.”
Aces General Manager Emily Jaenson explained: “Our Los Corazones de Reno campaign is designed to embrace an entire culture. We want to show our organization’s commitment to the Hispanic fan base in Reno, in Nevada, on the West Coast and throughout the entire country.”
The Aces alternate brand will include all aspects of the organization from new on-field Corazones uniforms, to a new Spanish language social media interactions (@Aces) for the Corazones. Furthermore, Greater Nevada Field will feature food from the Hispanic culture during the Copa Cup dates, complete with elote popcorn, taco carts, margarita specials and Hispanic desserts.
The Los Corazones de Reno brand will also have its own line of merchandise available at the Greater Nevada Team Shop or online at aces.milbstore.com/store. Fans all across the country will be able to purchase Corazones hats, T-shirts, jerseys and wide range of novelty items.
Los Corazones de Reno are one of 72 teams across Minor League Baseball competing for the “Copa de la Diversión” or “Fun Cup.” In Minor League Baseball, 402 Copa games are scheduled among the 72 clubs.
The initiative is a season-long event series specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams’ local Hispanic and Latino communities.
The Aces will play as the Corazones on Saturday, May 11, Thursday, June 20, Thursday, July 18, and Thursday, August 15.
The Aces open their 2019 season on Thursday, April 4, at 7:05 p.m. against the Fresno Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park in Fresno and return home on April 9 to take on the Albuquerque Isotopes. Season memberships are on-sale now at www.renoaces.com or by calling (775) 334-7000. Single-game tickets go on sale March second. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the offseason, follow the club on Twitter (@aces), Instagram (@renoaces), or like the team on Facebook.
Notes: Relievers Jimmie Sherfy and Joey Krehbiel were optioned to Triple-A Reno March 15. Sherfy, 27, allowed four earned runs on seven hits in seven innings pitched this spring for the Dbacks. The flame-throwing right-hander has one year of options remaining and has appeared in 26 games for Arizona the past two seasons. He accumulated a 1.65 ERA in 15 games for the Dbacks last season. … Krehbiel, 26, surrendered one earned run on five hits over 5.1 innings for the Dbacks in spring training. He appeared in 48 games with the Aces last season, sporting a 3-3 record and 4.24 ERA. … Shortstop Ildemaro Vargas leads the Dbacks with 18 hits in 46 at-bats and is second on the team in RBIs with 10. … Christian Walker, the Pacific Coast League’s 2017 MVP, tops Arizona with 11 RBIs. He’s batting .378. … Yasmany Tomas is batting .448 and has played half of his games at first base. In the fourth year of his six-year, $68 million contract, he’s owed $15.5 million regardless if he’s playing in Arizona or another year in Reno. … Former San Francisco Giant infielder Kelby Tomlinson, 29, is batting just 2-for-25 for Arizona. … Outfielder Socrates Brito is out of options and slumping at the plate, hitting .163 in 43 at bats … Former Reno Aces and Dbacks outfielder Collin Cowgill, 33, is trying to win a job with the Washington Nationals. … Also in the Nationals’ camp is highly regarded pitching prospect Joan Baez, who contrary to his name does not throw a folk ball. … With opening day just nine days away, former 2015 Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel and former Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel remain unsigned with an MLB team. … Kimbrel and the Red Sox won the World Series in 2018.
— Isaiah Burrows and Tim Parsons