RENO, Nev. (Sept. 23, 2008) - Northern Nevada baseball fans will be cheering for the Reno Aces when the region's first-ever Triple-A baseball team takes the field in its new downtown ballpark for the 2009 season. The team made the announcement at an event today at the Siena Hotel Spa Casino. The Aces are part of the Pacific Coast League, a Major League Baseball-affiliated 16-team league that stretches from California to Tennessee.
The search for a team name for Reno's first Triple-A baseball team began with a community-wide Name the Team Contest in which fans submitted nominations online. At the close of the contest, names were judged on regional relevance and family-friendliness, as well as the ability to create a logo, mascot and chant. More than 3,500 entries were submitted, with 1,100 unique names, between May 5 and June 1, 2008. There were more than 50 submissions for the Reno Aces.
"After receiving all the nominations, Reno Aces stood out because of its obvious association to the area and the connection it will create with the fans from the beginning," said Stuart Katzoff, managing partner of the Aces. "It has a nice ring to it."
In addition to the name's Nevada ties, it also has meaning in baseball lingo-- a team's "ace" is its best pitcher. Reno's affiliation with Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks should mean that Reno fans will see many ace pitchers in the coming years as Diamondbacks pitchers have won five of the last nine National League Cy Young Awards, given annually to the league's top pitcher.