Baseball season for most families around the country is nearly over.
But not if you live in the Southeast Valley, where families can get up-close-and-personal with tomorrow’s major league stars all fall at a price that can’t be beat.
Throughout October and November, Cubs Park in Mesa will be home to the Mesa Solar Sox, one of six Arizona Fall League teams comprised by many of Major League Baseball’s elite young prospects — some of whom hail from right here in the Valley and are not much older than young fans in the stands themselves.
The Arizona Fall League is regarded throughout professional baseball as the finishing school for top prospects. It features potential “stars of tomorrow” from every single organization in Major League Baseball.
The AFL’s role in baseball’s development process goes deeper than players, too. The league has helped future major league managers, coaches, umpires and front office administrators and executives reach the big leagues.
For instance, this past July, 36 ex-AFL players and four umpires were selected to participate in MLB’s All-Star Game plus 10 former players in the Futures Game and six of 10 participants in the Home Run Derby.
Fans – especially families – certainly are not forgotten, either.
We offer an affordable alternative for mom, dad and the kids to enjoy professional baseball played at the highest level by an assortment of minor-league all-stars and first-round draft choices who are headed to the major leagues. A family pass, priced at only $115, admits up to six people — not for one game — but for every game.
By the numbers
Since its inception the AFL is responsible for helping develop:
- 212 MLB All-Stars
- 34 MLB Managers
- 46 MLB Umpires
- 25 MLB Rookies of the Year
- 12 MLB MVPs
- Eight MLB All-Star Game MVPs
- Four Cy Young Award Winners
- Three World Series MVPs
The Mesa Solar Sox will be stocked with prospects from the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals. They play each of the five other teams, whose rosters are made up of players from the rest of the MLB, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, who play on the Salt River Rafters out of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in south Scottsdale.
Every AFL game is a showcase of future major leaguers, many of whom will reach star status like Mike Trout and Giancarlo Stanton. It is destination baseball for families at an affordable price in perfect weather played in modern, comfortable stadiums.
Visit www.mlbfallball.com for current information and tickets.
Editor’s note: Steve Cobb is an official with the Arizona Fall League.