Missions changing name to Flying Chanclas for nine games

San Antonio Missions are changing their name to Flying Chanclas for nine games during the 2018 season

SAN ANTONIO - As part of Minor League Baseball's "Copa de la Diversion," the San Antonio Missions will become the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio for nine games during the 2018 season. The Missions will be one of 33 minor league teams to change their name in an effort to celebrate and embrace the culture and values of the Hispanic/Latino communities.

The baseball club says in a statement that the Flying Chanclas "honors the matriarch of the Latino family, the abuela, and her symbol of strength, discipline, and love with its on-field persona." Along with the name change, the Missions have partnered with Haven for Hope to hold a "Chancla Drive." Fans will be able to donate a pair of shoes in exchange for a pair of tickets to a Missions game. The team will also auction off Flying Chancla jerseys, and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to a local Hispanic charity that benefits children.

Flying Chancla nights at the Missions game will start May 5 against the Corpus Christi Hooks, and will continue the promotion every Thursday after. Chancla games will feature mariachis, Spanish music between innings, new Hispanic/Latino inspired concession items and Mexican style beers.

Flying Chancla shirts and hats are already on sale at Wolff Stadium and on the Missions team website.

Here's the full list of teams participating and their new, temporary names: