The Hillsboro Hops made a big announcement Wednesday: They were promoted to the Diamondbacks Single-A Advanced ball club.
This means the Hops will now play 132 regular-season games, 66 of them at Ron Tonkin Field.
Before this promotion, the Hops were a short-season Single-A team that played 76 total games.
The season for the Hops will now begin in April, where before the team started was in mid-June.
In Hillsboro, the Hops attract thousands of fans and has become a mainstay in the community.
With the MLB making some cost-cutting moves, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems they value what the Hops bring to the market and want them along for the future.
“Being promoted to Single-A Advanced is a tremendous opportunity,” said Hillsboro Hops President KL Wombacher. “It is a testament to the success we’ve had in Hillsboro since 2013. We have a great recipe with a first-class facility, outstanding fans, and a supportive community that lead to Hillsboro being a perfect place to develop big leaguers.”
The Hops launched eight seasons ago in Hillsboro and has been growing season after season with their attendance.
Wombacher said the Hops will soon reveal new safety protocols for fans in the coming season in 2021.
Heading over to Eugene, it seems the San Francisco Giants have selected Eugene as its Single-A Advanced affiliate site.
The team would play their home games at PK Park, the home of University of Oregon’s baseball team.
Heading up North to Tacoma, the Rainiers released a statement in regards to their affiliate invite with the Mariners.
As it stands, no deal has been made just yet.
More to come!