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Hillsboro Hops

Hillsboro Hops
Hillsboro, Oregon
Founded in 1977 (as the Salem Senators)
Team logo Cap insignia
Current Short-Season A (1977–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Northwest League (1977–present)
Division Southern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Arizona Diamondbacks (2001–present)
Minor league titles
League titles 1982, 1996, 2000, 2014
Division titles 1991, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2014
Team data
Nickname Hillsboro Hops (2013–present)
Previous names

Navy blue, green, light blue, white

Mascot Barley
Ballpark Ron Tonkin Field (2013-present)
Previous parks
Short Season, LLC
Manager J. R. House
General manager K.L. Wombacher

The Hillsboro Hops are a Minor League Baseball team in Hillsboro in the U.S. state of Oregon. Founded in 1977 as the Salem Senators, the Hops moved from Yakima, Washington to Hillsboro in the Portland metropolitan area for the 2013 season. The team is a Class A Short-Season team in the Northwest League and have been a farm team of the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2001, when the franchise was known as the Yakima Bears. Home games are played at Ron Tonkin Field.


  • History 1
    • Team firsts 1.1
    • Year-by-year record 1.2
  • Branding 2
  • Sponsorships 3
  • Media coverage 4
  • Roster 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The franchise was founded in 1977 as the Salem Senators, remaining in Salem, Oregon, under several names until moving to Yakima, Washington, for the 1990 season.[1] In Yakima, the team, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was known as the Bears and played their home games at Parker Field and the county fairgrounds. Among the many Yakima players who went on to the Major Leagues have been Carlos Gonzalez, Todd Hollandsworth, Paul Konerko, Koyie Hill, Conor Jackson, Ted Lilly, Wade Miley, Mark Reynolds, Chad Tracy, Dan Uggla and Shane Victorino.

As early as 2011, the team started exploring options to relocate after a lack of progress on a new stadium that would meet minor league standards, and a declining local economy.[2]

After a proposal to move to Vancouver, Washington, fell through, the team received an offer to move to Hillsboro, Oregon in June 2012, with plans to start play there in 2013.[3] The city and team reached a deal, with city council approval on June 5,[4] and approval by the league and the franchise on June 8, 2012.[5] The city signed the agreement with the team on June 26,[6][7] with approval by Major League Baseball coming in August.[8] Ground breaking for a new 4,500-seat stadium took place on September 21, 2012,[9] and the new name of the Hops was announced on October 16, 2012.[10]

The Hillsboro Hops replace the Portland Beavers, who relocated to Tucson, Arizona at the end of the 2010 baseball season, as the only professional baseball team in the Portland metropolitan area.[3] The team opened the 2013 season at Salem on June 14 followed by the home opener on June 17.[11]

The team's inaugural season started on June 14, 2013, with a road loss at Salem.[12] The Hops' first win came on June 17 in the home opener against Eugene.[13] Barley, the team's mascot, was introduced on June 28, 2013.[14] The Hops set a franchise record for attendance for the 2014 season with 138,732,[15] and won their division and the league championship.[16]

Team firsts

The Hops' first game was on June 14, 2013, on the road at the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, a 3-2 loss.[12] Ryan Gebhardt had the team's first hit and Brian Billigen earned the first RBI.[12] The team's first sellout came in the 2013 home opener with 4,710 fans, who watched Jordan Parr hit the first home run in the Hops' history.[13][17] The Hops won their first division title and league championship during the 2014 season.[16]

Year-by-year record

Ron Tonkin Field scoreboard
Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
2013 34-42 3rd Audo Vicente n/a
2014 48-28 1st J. R. House NWL Champions


The team name is a reference to the plant used in beer brewing (Oregon is the second-largest hop-producing US state by volume),[18] as well as to various baseball terms such as the short hop, bad hop, and crow hop.[10] No previous professional or collegiate sports team has ever been called the "Hops".[19] The team's logo includes a hop cone wearing a baseball hat, evergreen trees, and Mount Hood.[20] Team colors are green, navy blue, and light blue.[18] The Hops' mascot is Barley, who is green with a blue baseball cap.[14] The team's branding and logo was named by Ballpark Digest as the best in Minor League Baseball for 2013.[21]


In March 2013, the team announced a three-year deal with BridgePort Brewing Company for the latter to be the official beer of the Hops.[22][23] Advantis Credit Union, Les Schwab Tires, Nike, Tuality Healthcare, and The Oregonian were the founding sponsors.[24]

Media coverage

Rich Burk was signed as the team's radio announcer on KPOJ (620 AM).[25]



  1. ^ Lynn, Capi (September 22, 1996). "Long history of Minor-League ball in SalemEM".  
  2. ^ Courtney, Ross (May 27, 2011). "Bad news, Bears: Team takes one step closer to relocation".  
  3. ^ a b Theen, Andrew (June 6, 2012). "Hillsboro sets stage for baseball's return to the Portland metro area".  
  4. ^ Stevens, Suzanne (June 6, 2012). "Hillsboro OKs baseball deal with Yakima Bears".  
  5. ^ Ho, Sally (June 19, 2012). "Yakima Bears agree to Hillsboro's terms for baseball deal".  
  6. ^ Ho, Sally (June 27, 2012). "Hillsboro's baseball deal is approved".  
  7. ^ Manning, Rob (June 27, 2012). "Hillsboro Approves Deal To Bring Baseball To City". News (Oregon Public Broadcasting). Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ Theen, Andrew (August 21, 2012). "Hillsboro and Yakima Bears clear final hurdle for baseball relocation". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ Giegerich, Andy (September 21, 2012). "Hillsboro breaks stadium ground, name comes next". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Giegerich, Andy (October 16, 2012). "Hillsboro has the Hops: Baseball team name honors agricultural roots". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ Culverwell, Wendy (November 19, 2012). "Hillsboro Hops debut $11M stadium June 17". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c Smith, Jeff (June 14, 2013). "Hillsboro Hops: Even in defeat, history made as Portland area's new team opens season". The Oregonian. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Smith, Jeff (June 18, 2013). "'"Hillsboro Hops: After home-opening party, Hops ready for 'Tony Gwynn Opening Day. The Oregonian. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Alger, Tyson (June 28, 2013). "Hillsboro Hops: Meet "Barley," Hillsboro's new mascot (photos)". The Oregonian. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  15. ^ Nemec, Andrew (September 1, 2014). "Hillsboro Hops win 48th game in regular season finale, best in short-season baseball". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Nemec, Andrew (September 7, 2014). "Hillsboro Hops clinch Northwest League championship". The Oregonian. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Canzano, John (June 17, 2013). "Canzano: Baseball's triumphant return with Hillsboro Hops comes with big-time lessons". The Oregonian. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  18. ^ a b Theen, Andrew (October 16, 2012). "Hops to the future: Hillsboro Hops baseball era begins". The Oregonian. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  19. ^ Redden, Jim (October 16, 2012). "Baseball team now Hillsboro Hops". The Portland Tribune. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  20. ^ Theen, Andrew (October 16, 2012). "Hillsboro Hops release name via social media, drawing both praise and disappointment (with poll)". The Oregonian. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "2013 Logo/Branding of the Year: Hillsboro Hops". Ballpark Digest. September 17, 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  22. ^ Theen, Andrew (March 6, 2013). "BridgePort named official beer of the Hillsboro Hops, will create special beer for the ballpark". The Oregonian. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  23. ^ Stevens, Suzanne (March 6, 2013). "Hillsboro Hops sign BridgePort Brewing as official beer". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  24. ^ Goldfield, Robert (June 6, 2013). "Credit union 'Hops' to it". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  25. ^ Smith, Jeff (March 11, 2013). "Rich Burk named radio broadcaster of Hillsboro Hops baseball". The Oregonian. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Coverage of the Hillsboro Hops at
  • Hillsboro Hops coverage at
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