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Arizona Fall League
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Arizona Fall League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1992
No. of teams 6
Country(ies)  United States
Most recent champion(s) Phoenix Desert Dogs
Official website Official website

The Arizona Fall League is an off-season league owned and operated by Major League Baseball which operates during the fall in Arizona, United States at five spring training complexes. 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 to determine the players who will go to Arizona. Most are Double-A and Triple-A Minor League players. Each club can opt to send one player considered a Single-A player. Only one foreign player is allowed, but only if that player does not come from a region that participates in winter ball. 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.

The Arizona Fall League teams are not exclusive affiliates of any one team; instead, each Major League team provides seven players who team up to fill the 35-man roster of each team. 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. The affiliations generally change every year.

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 first 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

Division Team City Stadium Capacity
East Mesa Solar Sox Mesa, Arizona HoHoKam Park 12,632
Phoenix Desert Dogs Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix Municipal Stadium 8,775
Scottsdale Scorpions Scottsdale, Arizona Scottsdale Stadium 11,200
West Peoria Javelinas Peoria, Arizona Peoria Sports Complex 12,882
Peoria Saguaros Peoria, Arizona Peoria Sports Complex 12,882
Surprise Rafters Surprise, Arizona Surprise Stadium 10,500

2009 Standings

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American

  
2009 Arizona Fall League East Division
Team Win Loss  % GB
Phoenix Desert Dogs 19 13 .594
Scottsdale Scorpions 15 16 .484 3.5
Mesa Solar Sox 13 18 .419 5.5

National

  
2009 Arizona Fall League West Division
Team Win Loss  % GB
Peoria Javelinas 18 14 .563
Surprise Rafters 16 16 .500 2.0
Peoria Saguaros 14 18 .438 4.0

Championship history

Year Champion Runner-Up
1992 Sun Cities Solar Sox Phoenix Desert Dogs
1993 Tempe Rafters Tucson Javelinas
1994 Peoria Javelinas Mesa Saguaros
1995 Mesa Saguaros Sun Cities Solar Sox
1996 Scottsdale Scorpions Mesa Saguaros
1997 Peoria Javelinas Grand Canyon Rafters
1998 Sun Cities Solar Sox Grand Canyon Rafters
1999 Mesa Solar Sox Maryvale Saguaros
2000 Grand Canyon Rafters Phoenix Desert Dogs
2001 Phoenix Desert Dogs Grand Canyon Rafters
2002 Peoria Javelinas Scottsdale Scorpions
2003 Mesa Solar Sox Mesa Desert Dogs
2004 Phoenix Desert Dogs Scottsdale Scorpions
2005 Phoenix Desert Dogs Surprise Scorpions
2006 Phoenix Desert Dogs Grand Canyon Rafters
2007 Phoenix Desert Dogs Surprise Rafters
2008 Phoenix Desert Dogs Mesa Solar Sox
2009 Peoria Javelinas Phoenix Desert Dogs

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.[1]

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References

  1. ^ "Hall of Fame." Arizona Fall League. Retrieved on 24 August 2009.

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