HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Hillsboro's new Single-A baseball Short Season LLC team now has a name: the Hillsboro Hops.
Team officials said the name was chosen to pay homage to one of Oregon's leading crops.
“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, General Manager of the Hillsboro Hops. ‘’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 Oregon Hops Association told KGW it was thrilled over the idea and the promotional opportunities it will create for them.
The Hillsboro Hops logo includes a hop plant donning a baseball cap with the letter “H”. The primary team colors will be navy blue, light blue and green. Team uniforms will be unveiled in November and Hillsboro Hops merchandise will be available immediately following the unveiling.
More: Hillsboro Hops website
The Hops will start playing in their new state-of-the-art stadium in Washington County in 2013. The stadium is currently under construction at a cost $13.4 million. It will seat 4,500 fans and is located next to the Hillsboro stadium.
They will host 38 home games from mid-June through September.