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Hillsboro sets stage for baseball’s return to Portland metro area

    Hillsboro took another step toward bringing short-season Single-A baseball to the city by June 2013, as the City Council unanimously approved a 20-year offer sheet at its meeting Tuesday as well as an agreement to award construction of a new baseball stadium at the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex.

    City Councilor Aron Carleson said she was “very honored that Yakima has chosen us,” and Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey and Councilor Nenice Andrews slipped on baseball caps to celebrate the occasion.

    Short Season LLC, the owner of the Yakima Bears, initially signaled interest in moving to Hillsboro in September 2011. At that point, the club was also courting Vancouver as a possible destination, but a plan to finance construction of a new facility near Clark College fizzled.

    Hillsboro became a logical new destination, with a friendly council and leadership that tried to persuade the Portland Beavers to stay in the region. Willey said that effort proved too expensive but the notion lingered. “Baseball has been on the back of our brains for a while now,” he said.

    — Excerpt from, June 6, 2012


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