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Nobody Tops The Hops -- Hillsboro Team Named For Local Crop

OPB | Oct. 16, 2012 2:51 p.m. | Portland

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Oregon’s newest professional baseball team has gone from bears to beers, as it moves from central Washington to Washington County.

The former Yakima Bears are now the Hillsboro Hops – as in the signature  ingredient of Northwest beer.

The short-season minor league team made the announcement Tuesday.

“Our main goal was to be unique and be able to have fun with it, and I think we’ve accomplished that with Hops. And we wanted to have a character, because to have a character on a hat will sell nationwide,” says Hops’ general manager KL Wombacher.

The team logo features a green hops flower with a face on it, with evergreen trees and a snow-capped mountain in the background. Team officials say they hope to work with Hillsboro schools to come up with a mascot for the beer-themed team. 

Minor league baseball has a long history of unusual team names. The website bleacherreport.com has a round-up of 50 of its favorites: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/678390-50-most-original-minor-league-baseball-team-names 

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