HILLSBORO, Ore. -- The Hillsboro Hops announced they have extended their affiliation with Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks through the 2016 season. The Hops have been a D-backs affiliate since 2001.
"We are extremely proud of our Diamondbacks affiliation," said Hops General Manager K.L. Wombacher. "Since our affiliation began in 2001, we've had 32 players make the big leagues and many more that will be making their debuts soon."
"We are excited and grateful to have the opportunity to extend our affiliation through at least the 2016 season," said D-backs Director of Player Development Mike Bell. "Hillsboro Ballpark and the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex is a terrific facility and it provides everything we need to help develop our players.
"Furthermore, the baseball knowledge of the Hops fan base and the atmosphere they create is second to none. Our players have the opportunity to play in front of a large, supportive crowd every night that helps prepare them for higher levels. I have a tremendous respect for Mike McMurray, Laura McMurray, K.L. Wombacher and the entire Hops staff. They have created an organization we can all be proud of. On behalf of the Arizona Diamondbacks, I would like to thank the Hops organization and the community of Hillsboro for a special inaugural season and for what I am sure will be a great relationship for years to come."
The D-backs have deployed an experienced coaching staff to Hillsboro to guide the Hops for the 2014 season. Manager J.R. House will be joined by former MLB standouts Doug Drabek (pitching coach), Mark Grace (hitting coach) and Ben Petrick (special consultant).
The Hillsboro Hops kick off their season June 13 at Everett and make their home debut on June 18 with a series against Salem-Keizer. Hillsboro Hops season tickets, mini plans, and group packages are on sale now by calling 503-640-0887 or by going online to www.hillsborohops.com.