Arizona Fall League

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Arizona Fall League
ArizonaFallLeagueLogo.PNG
Arizona Fall League logo
SportBaseball
Founded1992
No. of teams6
Country(ies)USA
Most recent champion(s)Peoria Javelinas (5)
Most titlesPhoenix Desert Dogs (6)
Official websiteOfficial website
 
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Arizona Fall League
ArizonaFallLeagueLogo.PNG
Arizona Fall League logo
SportBaseball
Founded1992
No. of teams6
Country(ies)USA
Most recent champion(s)Peoria Javelinas (5)
Most titlesPhoenix Desert Dogs (6)
Official websiteOfficial website

The Arizona Fall League is an off-season league owned and operated by Major League Baseball[1] which operates during the fall in Arizona, United States, at six spring training complexes.[1] The Arizona Fall League attracts many of the top prospects in minor league baseball.

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Structure

Each August, Major League Baseball clubs hold a position draft[1] to determine the players who will go to Arizona. Most are Double-A and Triple-A Minor League players.[1] Each club can opt to send two players below Double-A. Foreign players are allowed, as long as the player is not on his native country's primary protected player list. The league is designed for these prospects to refine their skills and perform in game settings in front of major and minor league baseball scouts and team executives, who are in attendance at almost every game. Play begins shortly after the end of MLB's regular season in early October and ends in mid-November with a championship game between the winners of the East and West divisions.

The Arizona Fall League teams are each affiliated with five separate Major League teams; each affiliated Major League team provides seven players who team up to fill the 35-man roster of each team.[1] Additionally, teams may elect to send Taxi Squad players who are only eligible on Wednesdays and Saturdays. MLB teams also provide managers, coaches, and trainers.[1]

Notable players

A number of famous ballplayers have had stints in the Arizona Fall League. In 1994, the league got worldwide attention as Michael Jordan's second professional baseball league, when he played for the Scottsdale Scorpions. Other notable ballplayers who have played in the Arizona Fall League include David Wright, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, and Ryan Braun.

Current teams

DivisionTeamMajor League AffiliatesCityStadiumCapacity
EastMesa Solar SoxBaltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Los Angeles DodgersMesa, ArizonaHoHoKam Stadium12,632
Salt River RaftersArizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington NationalsScottsdale, ArizonaSalt River Fields at Talking Stick11,000
Scottsdale ScorpionsCleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco GiantsScottsdale, ArizonaScottsdale Stadium11,200
WestPeoria JavelinasCincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Seattle MarinersPeoria, ArizonaPeoria Sports Complex12,882
Surprise SaguarosBoston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas RangersSurprise, ArizonaSurprise Stadium10,714
Glendale Desert DogsAtlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay RaysGlendale, ArizonaCamelback Ranch10,300

2012 Standings

Eastern

2012 Arizona Fall League East Division
TeamWinLossTie %GB
Salt River Rafters17132.567
Scottsdale Scorpions15161.4842.5
Mesa Solar Sox10202.3337.0

Western

2012 Arizona Fall League West Division
TeamWinLossTie %GB
Peoria Javelinas19130.594
Surprise Saguaros17141.5481.5
Phoenix Desert Dogs13154.4644.0

Championship Game

Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 1:00 pm (MST) at Scottsdale Stadium, Arizona

Team123456789RHE
Peoria Javelinas2110000004131
Salt River Rafters0120000003100
WP: Tim Crabbe (1–0)   LP: Ryan Perry (0–1)   Sv: Kevin Quackenbush (1)

Championship history

YearChampionRunner-Up
1992Sun Cities Solar SoxPhoenix Desert Dogs
1993Tempe RaftersTucson Javelinas
1994Peoria JavelinasMesa Saguaros
1995Mesa SaguarosSun Cities Solar Sox
1996Scottsdale ScorpionsMesa Saguaros
1997Peoria JavelinasGrand Canyon Rafters
1998Sun Cities Solar SoxGrand Canyon Rafters
1999Mesa Solar SoxMaryvale Saguaros
2000Grand Canyon RaftersPhoenix Desert Dogs
2001Phoenix Desert DogsGrand Canyon Rafters
2002Peoria JavelinasScottsdale Scorpions
2003Mesa Solar SoxMesa Desert Dogs
2004Phoenix Desert DogsScottsdale Scorpions
2005Phoenix Desert DogsSurprise Scorpions
2006Phoenix Desert DogsGrand Canyon Rafters
2007Phoenix Desert DogsSurprise Rafters
2008Phoenix Desert DogsMesa Solar Sox
2009Peoria JavelinasPhoenix Desert Dogs
2010Scottsdale ScorpionsPeoria Javelinas
2011Salt River RaftersSurprise Saguaros
2012Peoria JavelinasSalt River Rafters

Most Valuable Player award

First presented in 2002 and named for Joe Black of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the award honors the 1952 National League Rookie of the Year.[2]

Winners have been the following:[3]

YearPlayerOrganizationPositionTeam
2002Harvey, KenKen HarveyKansas City RoyalsFirst basemanScottsdale Scorpions
2003Dubois, JasonJason DuboisChicago CubsOutfielderMesa Solar Sox
2004Shelton, ChrisChris SheltonDetroit TigersDesignated hitterGrand Canyon Rafters
2005Duncan, EricEric DuncanNew York YankeesThird basemanGrand Canyon Rafters
2006Chip CannonToronto Blue JaysFirst basemanPhoenix Desert Dogs
2007Fuld, SamSam FuldChicago CubsOutfielderMesa Solar Sox
2008Hanson, TommyTommy HansonAtlanta BravesPitcherMesa Solar Sox
2009Desme, GrantGrant DesmeOakland AthleticsOutfielderPhoenix Desert Dogs
2010Ackley, DustinDustin AckleySeattle MarinersSecond basemanPeoria Javelinas
2011Arenado, NolanNolan ArenadoColorado RockiesThird basemanSalt River Rafters
2012McGuiness, ChrisChris McGuinessTexas RangersFirst basemanSurprise Saguaros

Stenson Award

The Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award was created in 2004, in memory of Dernell Stenson,[4] an outfielder for the Scottsdale Scorpions (Cincinnati Reds), who was killed in a carjacking on November 5, 2003. The award is voted on by the managers and coaches of the six Arizona Fall League teams.[5]

Stenson Award winners have been:[5]

YearPlayerOrganizationPositionTeam
2004Teahen, MarkMark TeahenKansas City RoyalsThird basemanPhoenix Desert Dogs
2005Ethier, AndreAndre EthierOakland AthleticsOutfielderPhoenix Desert Dogs
2006Frandsen, KevinKevin FrandsenSan Francisco GiantsInfielderScottsdale Scorpions
2007Fuld, SamSam FuldChicago CubsOutfielderMesa Solar Sox
2008Donald, JasonJason DonaldPhiladelphia PhilliesInfielderMesa Solar Sox
2009Mitchell, RussRuss MitchellLos Angeles DodgersFirst basemanPeoria Javelinas
2010Lombardozzi, Jr., SteveSteve Lombardozzi, Jr.Washington NationalsThird basemanScottsdale Scorpions
2011Mattison, KevinKevin MattisonMiami MarlinsOutfielderSurprise Saguaros
2012Kimball, ColeCole KimballWashington NationalsPitcherSalt River Rafters

Hall of Fame

Twenty-three former Arizona Fall League players have been recognized for their achievements in Major League Baseball since the creation of the Hall of Fame in 2001.[6] To be considered by the selection committee, a player must be recognized by Major League Baseball as an MVP, Rookie of the Year, All-Star, Gold Glove, or Silver Slugger.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "About: History". Arizona Fall League official website. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Desme Wins AFL MVP Award". CBS Sports. November 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-30.  See Grant Desme, the 2009 recipient.
  3. ^ Baker, Geoff (November 23, 2010). "Can Dustin Ackley buck the Arizona Fall League MVP curse? The bar has been set pretty low". The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  4. ^ Dernell Stenson Stats. Baseball Almanac website. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  5. ^ a b "Stenson Award". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame". Arizona Fall League official website. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 

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