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Baseball team now Hillsboro Hops

by: SHORT SEASON LLC - The team name blends agricultural history and baseballl terms.Hillsboro Hops is the 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. "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 state-of-the-art stadium for the team and other activities in the Gordon Faber Recreation Center. The Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate is scheduled to begin playing 38 home games there from mid-June to early September.

Team owner Short Season LLC announced the name for the former Yakima Bears on Tuesday. Officials said that after reviewing suggestions from fans, Short Season LLC decided on a name that had not been used 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 after the unveiling.

Hillsboro Hops season tickets are on sale at 503-640-0887 or hillsborohops.com.