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The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that Harrison will return for a second season with the minor league franchise.

UPLOADED BY: EVANSON, WADE - Hillsboro manager Vince Harrison -- while disappointed -- said he wasn't concerned about the team's tough week in Eugene, adding that it's about development and he saw some good things from his team despite the losses., Forest Grove News-Times - Sports Hillsboro suffers their worst series of the season, losing six to the Emeralds. Hops fall flat in EugeneThe Hillsboro Hops don't open their season until April 8, but when they do they'll do so with a familiar face at the helm.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, the Hops' MLB parent club, announced Tuesday, Feb. 1, that 2021 manager Vince Harrison will return for his second season as the manager of the Hops.

The now second-year manager will be joined by pitching coach Jeff Bajenaru, hitting coach K.C. Judge and bench coach Ronald Ramirez.

COURTESY PHOTO - K.C. JudgeHarrison is in his seventh year in the Diamondbacks organization and third as a manager. In 2021, he oversaw the development of Arizona prospects such as Luis Frias, Drey Jameson, Bryce Jarvis, Buddy Kennedy, Ryne Nelson, Brandon Pfaadt, Matt Tabor and Andy Yerzy, all of whom spent time with the High-A Hops before being promoted to Double-A.

The Kentucky native, who played both baseball and football at the University of Kentucky, led the Hops to a 52-60 overall record and fourth-place Northwest League finish in 2021.

"I'm excited to see the real fan base in Hillsboro," said Harrison. "Last year, COVID restrictions limited things for a while, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the way it's been in Hillsboro for years."

COURTESY PHOTO - Jeff BajenaruBajenaru enters his 12th year in the Arizona organization and joins the Hops for the first time. He spent the past two seasons with the Triple-A Reno Aces after serving as the D-backs' High-A pitching coach in Visalia for two seasons. In 2017 and 2018 — both seasons in Visalia — Bajenaru was named California League Coach of the Year.

A right-handed-pitcher, Bajenaru spent parts of three seasons (2004-06) in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox, winning a World Series ring in 2005.

Judge returns for his second season as the Hops' hitting instructor. He is in his third year with the Diamondbacks, having served as hitting coach with Rookie-level Missoula in 2019. Judge played parts of four seasons as an infielder/outfielder in the independent leagues from 2012-15 after graduating from Division III Cal Lutheran in 2011. He served as a private hitting instructor from 2015-18 in both Durham, North Carolina, and Tallahassee, Florida.

COURTESY PHOTO - Ronald RamirezRamirez will be in his fifth year with Arizona, and his first with the Hops. In 2021, he managed the Diamondbacks' entry in the Dominican Summer League.

Trainer Jake Waldron and strength & conditioning coach David Robertson round out the staff and will be in Hillsboro for the first time. Both served the D-backs' affiliate in the short-season Arizona Complex League in 2021.

For more information regarding the 2022 Hops schedule, ticket options and more, visit hillsborohops.com.


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