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New for 2013: Hillsboro Hops

The name of the newest team in the short-season A Northwest League has been unveiled: the Hillsboro Hops. The name of the former Yakima Bears was announced today. “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,” said K.L. Wombacher, […]

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No team name in Hillsboro yet

Construction of a new Hillsboro (Ore.) ballpark will begin tomorrow after a groundbreaking ceremony, but there will no name announced for the relocating Yakima Bears (short season A; Northwest League). The issue: MiLB still needs to sign off on a roster of finalists. The Bears are moving to a new $15.2-million, 4,500-seat ballpark at the Gordon Faber […]

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Hillsboro looking at riskier financing for new ballpark

Hillsboro (Ore.) officials are looking at using general city funds, instead of a standard municipal bond, to fund a new ballpark for the relocating Yakima Bears (short season A; Northwest League). Engaged in a race with Milwaukie to bring Minor League Baseball back to the greater Portland area, Hillsboro officials made an offer to the Bears ownership […]

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Hillsboro approves naming-rights deal with Bears

No surprise: the Hillsboro (Ore.) City Council unanimously approved a naming-rights deal with the relocating Yakima Bears (short season A; Northwest League), where the team has 60 days to launch marketing. The proposal, negotiated separately from the lease that is bringing the Bears to the Portland suburb next season, calls for the team ownership to sell naming […]

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Hillsboro: We never thought to ask for upfront money from Yakima Bears

A comparison of proposed leases between Hillsboro and the Yakima Bears (short season A; Northwest League) reveals something interesting: despite a team offer to pay up front toward a proposed Clark County ballpark, no such demand was issued by Hillsboro. Not that it would have made a difference anyway: with Northwest League president Bob Richmond […]

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Medford takes initial steps toward WCL team

A summer-collegiate West Coast League team could set up shop in uncompleted Harry & David Field if Medford (Ore.) city officials agree to a lease. Reps from the league, the potential ownership group (Consolidated Sports Holdings International, led by Gary Gelinas, an experienced minor-league-hockey operator) and the Medford Youth Baseball Society announced the plan yesterday. Harry & David Field […]

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