In a release, general manager K.L. Wombacher said the franchise elected to go with a name that had never been used in professional baseball because of its importance to the region. “The name 'Hops' recognizes Hillsboro’s proud agricultural heritage and the fact that Oregon is the second largest hop producing state in the United States,” Wombacher said.Objections seem to come from Temperance Ninnies and from wags who (correctly) observe that hops are grown in Marion and Polk counties, but not in Washington county. Sour Grapes! Details, smeetails! Craftbrewing carpetbaggers can jump on the beer bandwagon any day! As they say of double plays, "nicely turned!"
The name also has ties to quirks of the game itself, Wombacher said; think short hops and bad hops to name a few.
(Are any of Oregon's breweries big enough to afford stadium naming rights?)