Hillsboro Hops' new baseball stadium is taking shape

HILLSBORO, Ore. - In a few months, we'll start hearing 'Play Ball!' once again in our area.

Minor league baseball is coming to Hillsboro this summer at the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex at 4450 N.W. 229th Avenue (just off Highway 26) and crews are busy getting everything ready to go.

The Hillsboro Hops, a Single-A baseball affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, will begin their season in June and play through early September. The new stadium will open to the public on June 17.

The Hops are part of the Northwest League, which includes teams in Boise, Eugene, Salem-Keizer, Tri-Cities, Spokane, Everett and Vancouver B.C.

Major league players who got their start in the Northwest League include Ken Griffey Jr., Felix Hernandez, Edgar Martinez, Reggie Jackson, Ozzie Smith, Rickey Henderson and Tony Gwynn.

How the Team Got Its Name

"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," K.L. Wombacher, General Manager of the Hillsboro Hops, said in October when the name was announced. "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 Hillsboro Hops logo includes an animated hop plant donning a baseball cap with the letter 'H.' The primary team colors will be navy blue, light blue and green.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, members of the media were invited for a tour of the construction work happening at the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex in Hillsboro. The complex will be the home of the Hillsboro Hops baseball team, which will start its season in June. Photo Tweeted by K.L. Wombacher, Vice President and General Manager of the Hillsboro Hops.