Aces’ Corazones de Reno jersey has a way of honoring and embracing Hispanic heritage

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – Every year, the Reno aces come with a new jersey.

A brand new red kit was unveiled this season. But another look the Aces participated in came from minor league baseball’s Copa De La Diversion program.

The initiative transformed the Reno Aces into Los Corazones de Reno.

The new name also came with a different look on the field. The red, green, yellow and white colorway pays homage to the Mexican national flag. The shirt design featured a Milagro heart, which is big in Hispanic and Latin American culture. The intertwined peppers show togetherness and family – something really big in a club. The finishing touch – a flaming baseball – is inspired by the burning desire of fans at Greater Nevada Field for the club.

“Honestly, it’s beautiful,” said Aces catcher Juan Graterol, who hails from Venezuela. “I’m really a fan of the colors. I really love the hat. The Corazones hat is really nice.”

The red main part of the kit, which has changed from a season, now allows the team to wear the colors at home and on the street instead of the old design. A white jersey bodysuit is something street teams can’t wear.

“Here in the minors, we were given a tremendous opportunity to be creative and have fun,” said Vince Ruffino, vice president of marketing and communications for Reno Aces. “[The look connects]with local fans and does things that are individual and tailored to them.”

For players like Graterol, the jersey and hat provide comfort for him and his teammates.

“You have to represent yourself and feel at home. It’s good.”

Ruffino added that the importance of the Copa de la Diversion goes beyond organizing the aces.

“Baseball is a global sport and what we’re trying to do with this initiative in minor league baseball is to make all the different cultures and fans that might be here as welcome as possible.”

The next time the Aces will sport their new Corazones de Reno look is September 15-16 against Sacramento.

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