After 22 years in Yakima, The Yakima Bears will be leaving the central Washington city. They have agreed to an offer to play for the city of Hillsboro. The 20-year offer sheet also came with the promise of a new stadium.
Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey wrote during a live chat on the Oregonian that he expects the Yakima Bears will be playing ball on their new turf by the summer of 2013. But, as Hillsboro plans to spend up to $15 million on a new stadium for the team, Mayor Willey told us that there is still a very slight chance that the deal could fall through as the terms of the lease are worked out.
If the deal is closed, the new team will fill a gap that was left by the Portland Beavers who were sold in 2010.
Have you missed having a professional league baseball team in metro Portland? What will a new baseball stadium mean for the city of Hillsboro?