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Former Yakima Bears Open 2013 Season in New Home

For the first time since 1990, the month of June will not bring professional baseball to the Yakima Valley.
The Yakima Bears Baseball Club, unable to work out a new stadium deal with the county, were forced to move to Hillsboro, Oregon – a 30 minute drive west of Portland.

The Hops, as they have been renamed, opened the N.W.L. campaign on the road in Salem, OR dropping their first three contests by a combined score of 18-12.

As is pro ball, many of last years Yakima Bears have been moved up, down or out of the minor leagues altogether.  The Hops do have around a half dozen or so players who were on the 2012 Yakima Bears Club, including Manager Audo Vicente and pitching coach and former Cy young award-winner Doug Drabek.

Pictured below in their new hometown unis are former Bears Blake Perry (left) and Joe Loftus.

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