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

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 has a round-up of 50 of its favorites: 

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