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Messin’ with Sasquatch in Eugene, Whoopee Cushion Giveaway for First 2,000 Pranksters

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchPRESS RELEASE – Get ready for a prank-filled night on June 26, thanks to Jack Link’s Messin’ with Sasquatch Night! Jack Link’s brand icon, Sasquatch, will be creating all sorts of mischief and fun around the stadium. Be sure to stay on your toes so you don’t end up as the victim of Sasquatch’s pranks! Continue reading

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Hillsboro Ballpark Gets New Name, Cool Signage

Hillsborough Hops LogoAs the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) held their media day on Thursday, crews outside the event were putting up a sign for Ron Tonkin Field – the new name for the venue formerly known as Hillsboro Ballpark.  This should be very cool at night, as timed lighting will simulate a pitcher throwing a baseball and the batter hitting it.  Tube Art Group is completing the work.  Read more here.

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All About an Old School Ballpark Sign Painter

Spokane Indians LogoRuben Marcilla started painting the signs on Avista Stadium’s outfield fence when the plywood was new, marking off sections that would become insurance and grocery ads so big and bold the farthest-back fan could see them.  Marcilla has been doing this for the Single-A Spokane Indians (Northwest League) for 25 seasons.  Read more hereView photos here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story link.

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Hillsboro Ballpark Renamed Ron Tonkin Field

Hillsborough Hops LogoAt a press conference Tuesday, Hillsboro (OR) Mayor Jerry Willey announced that the home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) 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.  The deal is worth $1.5 million over 10 years.  Read more here.

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Hillsboro Ballpark Naming Rights Announcement Tuesday?

Hillsborough Hops LogoCity officials aren’t talking, but there is speculation that the “major announcement” scheduled for next Tuesday afternoon, May 13, has to do with naming rights for Hillsboro Ballpark, home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League).  Read more here.

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Canadians Ask Fans to Name Newest Character

Vancouver Canadians LogoPRESS RELEASE – He is already being touted as one of Minor League Baseball’s most intriguing and fierce new characters, yet the Vancouver Canadians newest addition to the baseball family has no official name. Continue reading

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Ems Unveil All-Star Game Logo, Video and Title Sponsor

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchPRESS RELEASE – The Emeralds are proud to announce that the 2014 Northwest League All-Star Game on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm, will be presented by Northwest Toyota Dealers. This magnificent event allows the Emeralds and Northwest Toyota Dealers a chance to highlight some of the best of what the Northwest has to offer. Continue reading

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Hops, Diamondbacks Extend PDC

Hillsborough Hops LogoArizona Diamondbacks LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Hillsboro Hops (@HillsboroHops), announced today that they have extended their affiliation with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) through the 2016 season. The Hops have been a Diamondbacks affiliate since 2001. Continue reading

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A’s to Hillsboro? Highly Unlikely

Oakland A's LogoLynn Lashbrook, sports agent and long-time promoter of bringing MLB to Portland (OR), is suggesting that the home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) could serve as a temporary home for the Oakland A’s, while a new MLB ballpark is built in the Rose City.  Read more here.  Rather than blabber on here about the many obstacles, we’ll let Portland-based MLB business analyst Continue reading

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Spokane Indians Partner with Native American Tribe to Create Sp’q’n’i Jersey

Spokane Indians LogoBeginning in the 2014 season, the Single-A Spokane Indians (Northwest League) will reportedly sport the team name in Salish on home jerseys.  Read more here.

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Supporters Must Raise $3 Million to Truly Save Civic Stadium

Eugene Emeralds logoThe Eugene (OR) School Board on Wednesday selected the city’s $4.5 million bid to buy the shuttered Civic Stadium property, but the deal won’t be consummated by the city unless supporters raise $3 million in the next few months to renovate the old wooden grandstand and install a new sports field.  Read more hereVisit Friends of Civic Stadium here.

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AquaSox Release 30th Anniversary Logo

Everett AquaSox LogoPRESS RELEASE – In honor of their 30th anniversary in the Northwest League, the Everett AquaSox have released a commemorative logo. The 2014 season will mark the Everett franchises’ 20th season as a Seattle Mariners affiliate and 31st season in the Northwest League. Continue reading

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Canadians Revitalize Branding

Vancouver Canadians LogoPRESS RELEASE – Eyebrows raised and heads nodded as the Vancouver Canadians unveiled a new branding effort heading into the 2014 Northwest League season on Friday at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver as part of the 4th Annual Scotiabank Hot Stove Luncheon featuring the Toronto Blue Jays. Continue reading

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Groups Rally for Competing Civic Stadium Proposals

Eugene Emeralds logoWith the future of the former home of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League) hanging in the balance, community groups held separate rallies Saturday to build public support for their divergent visions for historic Civic StadiumRead more hereRead ballpark editorial hereVisit Friends of Civic Stadium hereView Save Civic Stadium rally photo here.

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AquaSox Announce Two Front Office Promotions

Everett AquaSox LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Everett AquaSox are please to announce two promotions within their front office. The AquaSox, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, will celebrate their 30th year in Everett in 2014. Katie Crawford Woods has been named Assistant General Manager of the AquaSox, while Erica Fensterbush has been promoted to Group Sales and Merchandise Manager. Continue reading

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Let’s Be Civil to Civic Stadium

Eugene_Emeralds LogoThose who are trying to save Civic Stadium, former home of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League), have posted a YouTube video of a song called “Let’s Be Civil to Civic Stadium.”  Watch video here.  Sadly, the old ballpark could be headed for a date with the wrecking ball.  Read more here.  Thanks to Brian Merzbach for posting the link to the video on Facebook.

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Hawks Hire Ems Former AGM as AGM

Boise Hawks LogoBryan Beban, the former assistant general manager of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League), has been hired by the Single-A Boise Hawks (Northwest League) to serve in the same capacity.  Read more here.

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Four Bids Submitted for Eugene’s Old Civic Stadium

Eugene_Emeralds LogoEugene (OR) School District received four proposals by Tuesday afternoon’s deadline to submit offers for Civic Stadium, the former home of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League), and the property on which it sits.  The offers ranged from a low of $16.56 to a high of $5 million.  Read more hereView proposals here.

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Canadians Name Fraser GM

Vancouver Canadians LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club is proud to announce that JC Fraser has accepted the position of General Manager, the 12th in club history dating back to 1978. Continue reading

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Canadians Named Top Franchise in MiLB, Win President’s Award

Vancouver Canadians LogoPRESS RELEASE – Minor League Baseball™ announced today that the Vancouver Canadians are the winners of the 40th annual John H. Johnson President’s Award. The Canadians will receive Minor League Baseball’s top honor at the Baseball Winter Meetings™ Banquet at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 12. Continue reading

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Free Wi-Fi for Hillsboro Ballpark

Hillsborough Hops LogoFree Wi-Fi is being installed at Hillsboro Ballpark, home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League).  The network will handle up to 1,000 users simultaneously and will be expanded over time.  Read more here.

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Officials Calling Hops Season a Success

Hillsborough Hops LogoWhile the city of Hillsboro (OR) awaits a full accounting of its share of revenues from the Single-A Hillsboro Hops’ (Northwest League) inaugural season at their new $15.5 million baseball stadium, officials are already calling the season a success.  Read more here.

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Hops’ Outfield Turf Doesn’t Match, Will be Replaced in the Offseason

Hillsborough Hops LogoThe artificial turf installed at the new home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) just weeks before the team’s home opener on June 17, doesn’t match.  Hellas Sports Construction, an Austin, Texas-based company which worked with the construction contractor on the $15.55 million ballpark, will pay for the additional work.  Read more here.

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Ems Bring Back Live Organ Music

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchWhen the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League) moved into PK Park, General Manager Allan Benavides wanted to bring live organ music back the ballpark for the first time since the 1970s.  Benevides found just the right live organist in John Bilenki, who is spending his first full summer with the Ems this season.  Read more and watch video here.

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Vancouver a Model for Hillsboro?

Hillsborough Hops LogoThe Oregonian’s Tyson Alger takes a look at the Single-A Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League) as a model for longevity after the shine wears off the first-year Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League).  Read more and watch video here.  As a side note, we love just about everything about the new Hops franchise, but the team gets a “C-” for Barley the mascot.

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Boise State Football Summer Classic at Hawks’ Ballpark

Boise Hawks LogoIt’s time again for the Bronco Football Summer Classic at Memorial Stadium, home of the Single-A Boise Hawks (Northwest League).  On Saturday, July 13, the Boise State football team will participate in a home run derby and charity softball game between the offense and defense.  Proceeds will benefit The First Tee of IdahoGet more information here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Hillsboro Ballpark (Hillsboro, OR)

Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com was in Hillsboro (OR) on June 17 for the inaugural opening of Hillsboro Ballpark, the new home for the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League).  Mr. Mock delivers another impressive ballpark review covering the facility’s development, design and construction, amenities, concessions, and overall fan experience.  Read more and view photos here.

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Hops Open New Ballpark in Front of Sellout Crowd

Hillsborough Hops LogoThe new ballpark  in the Portland (OR) suburb of Hillsboro opened to a sellout crowd of 4,710 on Monday night, as the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) won their inaugural home opener 12-0 over the Eugene Emeralds.  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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Commuting to the New Hillsboro Ballpark

Hillsborough Hops LogoTonight is the inaugural home opener for Hillsboro Ballpark, home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League).  If you are going, you might want to pay close attention to this rundown for getting to and from the stadium from The Oregonian’s Joseph Rose.  Read more here.

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Hops Show Off New Ballpark During Open House

Hillsborough Hops LogoThe Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) showed off their new 4,500-seat ballpark during an open house on Thursday.  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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New Hillsboro Ballpark in Pictures

Hillsborough Hops LogoThe Oregonian newspaper has published photos of Hillsboro Ballpark, the new home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League), as preparations are made for the open house on Thursday and inaugural home opener on Monday.  View photos here.  The new “Barometer” art piece and signage also go up.  View more photos here.

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Hillsboro Ballpark Open House This Week

Hillsborough Hops LogoHillsboro (OR) city officials have invited the public to the grand opening of the new Hillsboro Ballpark, home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League), at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.  The team’s inaugural home opener is scheduled for Monday, June 17.  Read more here.

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Hawks Host 4th Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ

Boise Hawks LogoPRESS RELEASE – What better way to kick off the summer than enjoying a BBQ with family and friends! Your Boise Hawks will be hosting their 4th Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ event this Saturday, June 1, at Memorial Stadium to benefit The Idaho Humane Society. Continue reading

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Hillsboro Hops Unveil Uniforms

Hillsborough Hops LogoThe Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) unveiled their official home, road, and BP uniforms on Thursday at their new ballpark at Gordon Faber Recreation Complex.

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Ems and VooDoo Doughnuts in a Food Fight

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchPRESS RELEASE – The Emeralds are competing against 63 other minor league clubs to crown the best ballpark food item in the land. The Emerald’s contest entry is the new Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Brat which was unveiled to rave reviews at the May 4th ticket release party at PK Park.

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Lights On in Hillsboro

Hillsborough Hops LogoConstruction is nearing completion on the new ballpark for the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) at Gordon Faber Recreation Complex in Hillsboro (OR).  The lights were turned on for the first time on Wednesday, but work remains on the artificial turf, scoreboard, outfield berm, and other finishing touches.  Read more hereView stadium photo here.

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New Hillsboro Ballpark 80 Percent Complete

Hillsborough Hops LogoHillsboro (OR) Parks & Recreation Director Wayne Gross has informed city officials that construction on the new $15.5 million ballpark for the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) is 80 percent complete.  Installing the scoreboard, field turf, concessions and completing the concourse between the ballpark and Hillsboro Stadium remain on the to-do list.  Read more and view slideshow here.

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Boise Hawks Unveil New Unis, Enhanced Branding

Boise Hawks LogoThe Single-A Boise Hawks (Northwest League) unveiled their new uniforms and enhanced branding at Big Al’s in Meridian (ID) Monday, April 1, 2013.  View photo gallery here.

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Boise Hawks to Unveil Minor Branding Makeover and New Uniforms April 1

Boise Hawks LogoPRESS RELEASE – Your Boise Hawks are undergoing a mild facelift and brand refresh that will be released to the public April 1. The Hawks have worn the current colors and logos since 2007. The team marks will not change drastically but there is an addition of a much anticipated logo feature. Continue reading

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Budget for Hillsboro Ballpark Up Another $350K

Hillsborough Hops LogoBecause of unforeseen costs and proposed enhancements to the new $15.2 million ballpark under construction for the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League), an additional $350,000 will be sought to complete the project.  Read more here.

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