After more than a century, it appears professional baseball is leaving Oregon’s largest city.
The Portland Beavers, long a mainstay in the Pacific Coast League, appear destined for new environs after a decision by the city and Merritt Paulson, the owner of the Beavers and Portland Timbers, to renovate PGE Park for soccer, to accommodate the Timbers’ move to Major League Soccer.
The Triple-A affiliate for the San Diego Padres, the Beavers played their final home game Sunday. The team will play in a yet-to-be-determined city until a new ballpark is built, but it’s possible the Beavers could relocate to San Diego County and play their home games in one of the suburbs.
The Portland club traces its history back to 1903, the year the Pacific Coast League was established.