First Steel Column Goes Up!

Today we took a staff field-trip over to the ballpark site to watch another milestone – the first steel column going up.  Below are some pictures and a video.

2013 Coaching Staff Announced

We announced our 2013 coaching staff today. The Hops will be led by Manager Audo Vicente, who has managed in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for five seasons.

Vicente will be joined by former Cy Young Award winner and 13-year MLB vet Doug Drabek as the club’s pitching coach. J.R. House, who played parts of five seasons with the Pirates, Astros and Orioles will begin his second season as hitting coach following a promotion from Rookie Missoula.

Hillsboro native and former Colorado Rockies catcher Ben Petrick will serve on the Hops coaching staff as Consultant for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Petrick will assist the young men playing for the Hops in acclimating to life as a professional baseball player.

HILLSBORO HOPS COACHING STAFF BIOS:

AUDO VICENTE – MANAGER
♦ In his ninth season in the organization and third managing the Short-Season club – Is the first manager of the Hillsboro Hops franchise, which previously was the Yakima Bears.
♦ Managed the Bears in 2011-12 and in 2012, guided them to their first first-half playoff berth to return to postseason play for the first time since 2010.
♦ Managed Single-A Visalia in 2010, Rookie-Advanced Missoula 2008-09 and Dominican Summer League Boca Chica from 2006-07.
♦ Served as the Boca Chica’s infield instructor in 2005.
♦ As a player in 1998, hit .261 with 3 doubles, a triple and 12 stolen bases for the D-backs’ Arizona Summer League club and Triple-A Tucson.

DOUG DRABEK – PITCHING COACH
♦ In his fourth campaign with the D-backs and second with the Short-Season club.
♦ Served as pitching coach for Single-A Advanced Visalia from 2011-12 and Short-Season Yakima in 2010.
♦ 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner and 1994 NL All-Star – Won 155 games and posted a 3.73 ERA during a 13-year Major League career for the Yankees (1986), Pirates (1987-92), Astros (1993-96), White Sox (1997) and Orioles (1998) – Won 1990 NL Cy Young Award with 22 wins and a 2.76 ERA – Member of NL East champion Pirates from 1990-92.
♦ Has two sons that have played baseball professionally – Kyle is currently with the Blue Jays, having been acquired in the Roy Halladay trade on Dec. 16, 2009, and pitched in the Philadelphia Phillies system from 2006-08 after being drafted in the first-round (18th overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft – Justin played in the Independent Leagues from 2006-08.

J.R. HOUSE – HITTING COACH
♦ In his second season with the D-backs and first with Hillsboro.
♦ Served as the hitting coach for Rookie Missoula in 2012.
♦ Over parts of 5 big league seasons with the Pirates, Astros and Orioles, batted .167 (10-for-60) with 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 4 RBI in 32 games.
♦ During a 12-year Minor League career, hit .300 (1,257-for-4,188) with 272 doubles, 10 triples, 140 home runs and 680 RBI in 1,140 career games.
♦ Prior to the 2005 season, left professional baseball to play college football as a quarterback at West Virginia University.
♦Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth-round of the 1999 First-Year Player draft.

Merchandise and Concrete

Whew, what an amazing week we’ve had so far!  We put our primary logo t-shirts on sale Monday morning and were completely sold out within the first 24 hours.  Don’t worry if you weren’t able to get your shirt on Monday, we have ordered more and they should be here in approximately two weeks.  We are now taking pre-orders for those shirts online or you can order your shirt by calling our office at 503-640-0887.

We have had a lot of questions regarding hats – we have ordered some adjustable and flex-fit hats and they should be here in approximately three weeks.  The New Era official on-field caps (59FIFTY and 39THIRTY) will be here by the end of February.  We also plan on ordering some youth t-shirts, sweatshirts and ladies-style tees before Christmas.

This week the construction crew began pouring the concrete at the stadium.  Here are a few pictures of the progress:

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We are still taking deposits for season tickets – you can call Jason or Juan to reserve yours (503-640-0887) or go to our online ticket shop.

Construction Journal

The City of Hillsboro has a Construction Journal on their website where they are updating the ballpark construction progress.  We will keep you updated with what we know, but this gives you a little more insight on what’s going on over there.  Click here to see it.  Here is the latest update (taken from the City of Hillsboro website).

Unexpected Discoveries

October 31, 2012
Last week we didn’t make as much progress as we hoped for because additional utilities were discovered that had to be moved, plus the rain didn’t help.  The good news is we are still ahead of schedule and should have some exciting construction pictures to share in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, have a happy and safe Halloween.

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