The Hillsboro Hops will benefit greatly from Major League Baseball's decision to form the Professional Development League, which will replace the existing minor league baseball system.
So says KL Wombacher, the team's president, in revealing Friday morning that the Hops signed a 10-year agreement with MLB to serve as the Arizona Diamondbacks Single-A Advanced affiliate. The move means the Hops will play 132 games instead of 76 each year.
"When you go from 38 home games to 66, it changes the game dramatically," Wombacher said. "Sponsorships become way more valuable, and the economic impact in the community — hotel rooms, restaurants — practically doubles."
The news also comes after a season totally canceled by the pandemic.
The Hops were one of 120 teams that will participate in the PDL. Eugene will also receive a Single-A Advanced franchise that will be affiliated with the San Francisco Giants.