The Arizona Fall League games have started. Between Oct. 11 and Nov. 19, a baseball fan can see a game almost every day. Games are played at 12:35 p.m. and 6:35 p.m.
The photos are from the Desert Dogs at Solar Sox game on Oct. 12. The Desert Dogs took the win 7-1. The Solar Sox play their home games at Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway.
The Arizona Fall League was started in 1992 to serve as an off season “graduate school” for the top prospects according to the league’s website, http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/afl/. According to the Arizona Fall League’s media guide over 4,300 players have appeared in the league and nearly 2,650 have made it to the majors. The fall league is an opportunity for players to show their talents to scouts, general managers and farm directors, according to the guide.
Each major league team sends seven prospects to the fall league. The six fall league teams are made of five major clubs. There are east and west divisions. The East Division includes the Mesa Solar Sox (Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics), Salt River Rafters (Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers), and Scottsdale Scorpions (Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants).
The West Division is the Glendale Desert Dogs (Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals), and the Peoria Javelinas (Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays).
This year the Arizona Fall League rosters include former football player Tim Tebow and 12 players with an Arizona connection.