See tomorrow's baseball stars today!
The season for the Arizona Fall League begins on October 13 and runs through November 21. There are six teams in the league:
Mesa Solar Sox, HoHoKam Park, 1235 N. Center St.
Peoria Javelinas and Peoria Saguaros, Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave.
Phoenix Desert Dogs, Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 5999 E. Van Buren
Scottsdale Scorpions, Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd.
Surprise Rafters, Surprise Stadium, 15754 N. Bullard Ave.
Games are played Monday through Saturday. While the majority of games start at 12:35, there are several night games on the schedule. Gates open one hour before game time.
Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth. For additional information, call 602-681-9362.
The Arizona Fall League, regarded throughout professional baseball as the "graduate school" for the Major Leagues' top prospects, has had over 1,200 players who came through the league reach the Majors. In addition, 18 former Fall League managers/players have gone on to manage a Major League club. Here are a few inductees from the AFL Hall of Fame:
Nomar Garciaparra: The Boston Red Sox shortstop played for the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994.Derek Jeter: The Yankee shortstop and captain played in the 1994 AFL season for the Chandler Diamondbacks. Mike Piazza: Piazza was a part of the first AFL class in 1992, playing for the Sun City Solar Sox. Dusty Baker: The first manager enshrined in the AFL Hall of Fame, Baker got his managerial feet wet with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1992. Jason Giambi: Giambi played on the 1994 AFL champion Peoria Javelinas.
Shawn Green: Green spent time with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1993.Todd Helton: Helton played for Peoria in 1996. Mike Scioscia: Scioscia skippered the Peoria Javelinas to a championship in 1997.
Albert Pujols: Pujols played for the 2000 Scottsdale Scorpions as a stellar third baseman.
Tony Peña: Peña managed the Maryvale Saguaros club in 2000.
Troy Percival: Percival pitched for the 1992 Scottsdale Scorpions as a stellar closer.
Alfonso Soriano: Soriano made his U.S. professional debut in the 1998 AFL, playing for the Grand Canyon Rafters.
Derrek Lee: Lee was with Sun City in 1995 and '96, earning a place on the Baseball Arizona All-Star team in his second season.
Jimmy Rollins: Rollins played for the Maryvale Saguaros in 2000.