FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Fort Wayne TinCaps will become the “Manzanas Luchadores de Fort Wayne” for select games during the 2020 season.
The team’s identity change, which translates to the “Fighting Apples” in Spanish, is part of Minor League Baseball’s “Es Divertido Ser Un Fan” (It’s Fun To Be A Fan) Hispanic fan engagement initiative.
Manzanas Luchadores — Días de la Familia
• May 1-3 vs. Los Cascabeles de Wisconsin (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)
• June 26-28 vs. South Bend Cubs
A staple in Mexican culture, “lucha libre”, freestyle wrestling, blends showmanship and athleticism through the luchadores’ vibrant wardrobes and rapid-pace movement.
An adaption of Fort Wayne’s full-time moniker, the Manzanas Luchadores (Fighting Apples) will mimic the flare and skill of luchadores.
The Manzanas Luchadores logo features a familiar look for TinCaps fans with a red apple as the centerpiece.
The Manzanas Luchadores apple is wearing a green and gray mask, as luchadores customarily don masks in the ring.
The apple logo also includes two fists raised in a fighting position.
“We’ve very excited to debut our Manzanas Luchadores identity during the 2020 season,” said Michael Limmer, TinCaps Vice President for Marketing and Promotions. “The TinCaps take pride in Parkview Field being an inclusive place for all of our fans each and every game. Our Días de la Familia are a great way for us to further reach out to a growing community in our area and celebrate a culture that’s also shared by so many of our players from the San Diego Padres organization.”
The TinCaps are scheduled to take on their Manzanas Luchadores identity for six games at Parkview Field during the 2020 season: May 1-3 and June 26-28.
For these Family Days, the team will wear special Manzanas Luchadores jerseys and hats, which will be revealed in March.
Fans can purchase an exclusive package for an All-Star ticket to each of the six games, which includes one Manzanas Luchadores hat per package, for $72.
This limited-time offer is available while supplies last through Dec. 31.
Tickets to all TinCaps games will go on sale in February.
Season ticket packages and group outings are already on sale.
Manzanas Luchadores merchandise is now available in The Orchard Team Store at Parkview Field and at TinCaps.com.
On-field apparel will become available to purchase in March.
During the 2019 season, of the 58 players who appeared in a game for the TinCaps, 41%, grew up in a Latin American country.
“Minor League Baseball has done a great job leading this campaign,” said TinCaps President Mike Nutter. “Our Manzanas Luchadores identity is something for our entire fan base to embrace.”
The TinCaps collaborated with the Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to plan their Día de la Familia in 2019 and are continuing to partner with local Hispanic community leaders as they take on their Manzanas Luchadores identity in 2020.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the Manzanas Luchadores play at Parkview Field on Días de la Familia in 2020,” said Herb Hernandez, Director of the Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We appreciate the efforts of the TinCaps and Minor League Baseball to celebrate our community’s values and culture, which includes a love for baseball.”
As of 2016, the City of Fort Wayne’s Hispanic/Latino population was estimated at 26,000, close to 10% of the city’s overall population.
Meanwhile, about 18% of students attending Fort Wayne Community Schools are Hispanic.