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Baseball hops to Hillsboro

New team gets name rooted in countys history of agriculture


The Hillsboro Hops is the new name of the Single-A baseball team that begins playing in Hillsboro next year.

“The name ‘Hops’ recognizes Hillsboro’s proud agricultural heritage and the fact that Oregon is the second largest hop producing state in the United States,” General Manager K.L. Wombacher says of the name. “Hops is also a term used regularly in baseball — short hop, bad hop, crow hop. We feel ‘Hops’ encompasses several different components we wanted to include in our team name.””

The team also unveiled a Hillsboro Hops logo that includes an animated hop plant donning a baseball cap with the letter “H”. The primary team colors will be navy blue, light blue and green.

The City of Hillsboro is building a new state-of-the-art 4,500-seat stadium for the team and other activities in the Gordon Faber Recreation Center, expected to be a countywide draw. The Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate moved to Hillsboro this year and is scheduled to begin playing 38 home games from mid-June to early September.

Team owner Short Season LLC announced the new name for the former Yakima Bears on Tuesday. In making the announcement, officials said that after reviewing team name suggestions submitted by fans, Short Season LLC decided on a name that had not been used previously by a pro or college sports team.

The team will unveil its uniforms and baseball caps in November and Hillsboro Hops merchandise will be available immediately following the unveiling.

The Hops are part of the 55-year old Northwest League, which includes teams in Boise, Eugene, Salem-Keizer, Tri-Cities, Spokane, Everett and Vancouver BC. Major League stars who rose to prominence through the league include Ken Griffey Jr., Felix Hernandez, Edgar Martinez, Reggie Jackson, Ozzie Smith, Rickey Henderson and Tony Gwynn.

Hillsboro Hops season tickets are on sale now by calling 503-640-0887 or by going online to hillsborohops.com.



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