What is Arizona Fall League? It is a 40-day Phoenix area homestand featuring many of baseball's elite prospects. It is a showcase league because its players have the opportunity to display their skills for baseball scouts, general managers, and farm directors. There are six teams in the Arizona Fall League: the Scottsdale Scorpions, Mesa Solar Sox, Salt River Rafters, Glendale Desert Dogs, Peoria Javelinas and Surprise Saguaros. These club names were picked by Major League Baseball as reflective of the Southwestern desert traditions in the state. The teams are broken into two divisions, East and West. Each Major League Baseball team sends six-seven top prospects to the Arizona Fall League, 210 players in all. The games are played in the Spring Training stadiums used at Glendale, Mesa, Salt River, Scottsdale, and Peoria-2 teams. The players who are sent to Fall Ball are mainly the top Double AA players from each Major League team. There can be one Single A player. There are a few AAA players. Any Major League players must have less than two years of Major League service. Over 50 percent of Fall League players have become major leaguers since the league started in 1992. Developmental for umpires with four on the field.

This was our third trip to Fall Ball. We were on an extended trip and could only stay for one day in Peoria, but we were able to see tw games. The first was in Peoria, a day game, and the second, an evening game, in Glendale. Tickets are $7 General Admission and $6 for Seniors and children. With low attendance you can have your seat of choice in the sun or the shade. The weather was mild with day temperature in the mid-70s and the evening temperature in the mid-60s.

Fall League Teams and this year's associated Major League Teams.
November 9th day game at Peoria with the Javelinas taking on the Saguaros. The box score was Saguaros R-4, H-6, E-0 and Javelinas R-4, H-12, E-4. They play a maximum of 11 innings and call a suspended game if the teams are tied. The game is not resumed to protect the pitchers. We were following Mariners players Tyler Smith, shortstop, D. J. Peterson, 1st base and Ryan Horstman, relief pitcher. D. J. hit a homerun in the 11th to tie the game after the Saquaros scored in the top of the 11th. Picture of him crossing home plate. Mike Yastrzemski is Carl's grandson. Jim was able to get autographs a individual baseballs of the three Mariners players mentioned above. Attendance of 557. We met up with our friend John McLaughlin.
Orioles, Mariners, Reds, Braves, Royals
Brewers, Yankees, Rangers, Cardinals, royals
Dodgers, White Sox, Astros, Pirates, Phillies
Angels, Cubs, Marlins, A's, Rays
November 9th evening game at Glendale with the Desert Dogs taking on the Solar Sox. The box score was Solar Sox R-3, H-9, E-0 and Desert Dogs R-5, H-9, E-0. Attendance of 376. Hard to get good pictures at a night game.
D-Backs, Rockies, Mets, Blue Jays, Nationals
Indians, Tigers, Twins, Giants, Red Sox