After $1.5M deal, Hillsboro Hops will play ball at newly minted Ron Tonkin Field

A noted Portland auto dealership has procured naming rights to Hillsboro's baseball stadium, the Portland Business Journal reports.

The home of the Hillsboro Hops will be called Ron Tonkin Field, in memory of the Tonkin family's patriarch. The Tonkins have operated dealerships in the Portland area for decades.

Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey made the announcement at a press conference today at the park, which has hosted the Hops Single-A team since the beginning of the 2013 season.

The deal is worth $1.5 million over 10 years.

"We're very proud of our ballpark and excited to have the Tonkin family become part of our family," said Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey.

Tonkin's sons Brad and Ed said baseball has been a critical part of their family.

"My family's love of baseball was influenced by our dad," said Ed Tonkin. "He loved baseball and often spoke of growing up watching baseball as a kid on Vaughan Street. The thought of losing the Portland Beavers and losing baseball in Portland in the early 80's troubled him so much he got a group together to buy the Beavers to keep baseball in our city.

"Naming this field in his honor is really a tribute to him and to all of the great times our family shared at the ballpark. My hope is that generations of area families can continue to keep catching fly balls, eating too many hot dogs and making wonderful family memories like we did."

The Hops recently were named one of the top 25 teams, in terms of merchandising, in the minor leagues.

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