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Arizona Fall League

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Arizona Fall League
Arizona Fall League logo 2019.png
SportBaseball
Founded1992
No. of teams6
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Salt River Rafters (2019)
Most titlesPeoria Javelinas (7)
Official websitewww.mlb.com/arizona-fall-league

The Arizona Fall League (AFL)[a] is an off-season sports league owned and operated by Major League Baseball (MLB) which operates during the autumn in Arizona, United States, at six different baseball complexes. Arizona Fall League rosters are filled by many of the top prospects in Minor League Baseball (MiLB) who are assigned by their parent clubs.

Structure

Jayson Aquino with the Salt River Rafters in 2014 while a member of the Colorado Rockies organization; he made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2016
Jayson Aquino with the Salt River Rafters in 2014 while a member of the Colorado Rockies organization; he made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2016

The six teams of the AFL are organized in two three-team divisions. Each AFL team is affiliated with five teams in Major League Baseball (MLB); each MLB team provides six players from their Minor League Baseball affiliates, for a total of 180 players in the league, 30 players per AFL team.[1] Specific players—most of whom play at the Triple-A or Double-A level—are selected via a position draft, held each August.[1] The league provides an environment for top prospects to advance their development, in a setting that MLB governs and monitors, as opposed to other offseason leagues (such as the Puerto Rican Winter League) located outside of the United States.[1]

Play begins shortly after the end of the minor league regular season in mid-September, and runs to the end of October.[2] Each team plays approximately 30 games; schedule length has varied somewhat during the league's history. Following the end of the league's regular season, the two division winners meet in a championship game.

History

The league's inaugural season was 1992, during which each team played a 54-game schedule that ended in early December.[3] The six teams that season were the Chandler Diamondbacks, Grand Canyon Rafters, Phoenix Saguaros, Scottsdale Scorpions, Sun Cities Solar Sox, and Tucson Javelinas.[4] Each AFL team has undergone at least one name change during its history.

In 2006, the league held its first all-star game,[5] which continues as an annual event branded as the Fall Stars Game.[6] Players for the game are selected by league staff, scouting and farm directors, and MLB.com writers.[6]

In 2019, several changes were implemented:

  • The season was moved to start in mid-September and end in late October; previously, the league's season began on the second Tuesday in October and ended in the middle of November.[7]
    • Players on the 40-man roster of an MLB club are allowed to report to the AFL in October,[8] as such players are eligible to play for their parent club through the end of the MLB regular season (normally late September or the first week in October).
  • Players began wearing team-specific uniforms; in prior seasons, each player would wear the uniform of their respective MLB parent club.[9]
  • For the 2019 season, MLB clubs were allowed to nominate players from any level of the minor leagues; this change was to be evaluated after the season.[2]
Previously, clubs were limited to two players below the Double-A level
  • For the 2019 season, only four venues were used (rather than six) due to ballpark renovation work.[2]

In 2020, the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10]

Notable players

A number of future MLB All-Stars have had stints in the Arizona Fall League; over 300, per the league's website.[1] These include David Wright (2003), Dustin Pedroia (2004), Andre Ethier (2005), Bryce Harper (2010–2011), Nolan Arenado (2011), Mike Trout (2011), Mookie Betts (2013), Aaron Judge (2014), Gleyber Torres (2016), and Ronald Acuña Jr. (2017).[11] In 1994, Michael Jordan played for the Scottsdale Scorpions during his time away from the NBA.[12] Similarly, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow played for the Scorpions in 2016 during his foray into professional baseball.[13]

Current teams

Each stadium hosts one or two of its MLB affiliates, denoted in bold, during spring training. Each listed city is in Arizona.

Championship history

Mike Scioscia was manager of the 1997 champion Peoria Javelinas.
Mike Scioscia was manager of the 1997 champion Peoria Javelinas.
Bob Melvin was manager of the 1999 runner-up Maryvale Saguaros.
Bob Melvin was manager of the 1999 runner-up Maryvale Saguaros.
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
2010 Scottsdale Scorpions Peoria Javelinas
2011 Salt River Rafters Surprise Saguaros
2012 Peoria Javelinas Salt River Rafters
2013 Surprise Saguaros Mesa Solar Sox
2014 Salt River Rafters Peoria Javelinas
2015 Scottsdale Scorpions Surprise Saguaros
2016 Mesa Solar Sox Surprise Saguaros
2017 Peoria Javelinas Mesa Solar Sox
2018 Peoria Javelinas Salt River Rafters
2019 Salt River Rafters Surprise Saguaros
2020 None (season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic)[14]

Most Valuable Player award

First presented in 2002 and named for Joe Black of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the award honors the 1952 National League Rookie of the Year.[15]

Eric Duncan was league MVP in 2005.
Eric Duncan was league MVP in 2005.
Royce Lewis was league MVP in 2019.
Royce Lewis was league MVP in 2019.
Joe Black MVP Award winners
Year Player Organization Position Team Ref
2002 Ken Harvey Kansas City Royals 1B Scottsdale Scorpions [16]
2003 Jason Dubois Chicago Cubs OF Mesa Solar Sox [16]
2004 Chris Shelton Detroit Tigers DH Grand Canyon Rafters [16]
2005 Eric Duncan New York Yankees 3B Grand Canyon Rafters [16]
2006 Chip Cannon Toronto Blue Jays 1B Phoenix Desert Dogs [16]
2007 Sam Fuld Chicago Cubs OF Mesa Solar Sox [16]
2008 Tommy Hanson Atlanta Braves P Mesa Solar Sox [16]
2009 Grant Desme Oakland Athletics OF Phoenix Desert Dogs [16]
2010 Dustin Ackley Seattle Mariners 2B Peoria Javelinas [17]
2011 Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies 3B Salt River Rafters [16]
2012 Chris McGuiness Texas Rangers 1B Surprise Saguaros [16]
2013 Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs 3B Mesa Solar Sox [16]
2014 Greg Bird New York Yankees 1B Scottsdale Scorpions [18]
2015 Adam Engel Chicago White Sox OF Glendale Desert Dogs [16]
2016 Gleyber Torres New York Yankees SS Scottsdale Scorpions [19]
2017 Ronald Acuña Jr. Atlanta Braves OF Peoria Javelinas [20]
2018 Keston Hiura Milwaukee Brewers 2B Peoria Javelinas [16]
2019 Royce Lewis Minnesota Twins SS Salt River Rafters [21]
2020 None (season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic) [14]

Stenson Award

The Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award was created in 2004, in memory of Dernell Stenson,[22] an outfielder for the Scottsdale Scorpions (Cincinnati Reds), who was killed in a carjacking on November 5, 2003. The award is voted on by the managers and coaches of the six Arizona Fall League teams.[23]

Mark Teahen won the first Stenson Award in 2004.
Mark Teahen won the first Stenson Award in 2004.
Tyler Stephenson won the Stenson Award in 2019.
Tyler Stephenson won the Stenson Award in 2019.
Stenson Award Winners
Year Player Organization Position Team Ref
2004 Mark Teahen Kansas City Royals 3B Phoenix Desert Dogs [23]
2005 Andre Ethier Oakland Athletics OF Phoenix Desert Dogs [23]
2006 Kevin Frandsen San Francisco Giants IF Scottsdale Scorpions [23]
2007 Sam Fuld Chicago Cubs OF Mesa Solar Sox [23]
2008 Jason Donald Philadelphia Phillies IF Mesa Solar Sox [23]
2009 Russ Mitchell Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Peoria Javelinas [23]
2010 Steve Lombardozzi Jr. Washington Nationals 3B Scottsdale Scorpions [23]
2011 Kevin Mattison Miami Marlins OF Surprise Saguaros [23]
2012 Cole Kimball Washington Nationals P Salt River Rafters [23]
2013 Garin Cecchini Boston Red Sox 3B Surprise Saguaros [23]
2014 Patrick Kivlehan Seattle Mariners 3B Surprise Saguaros [24]
2015 Yadiel Rivera Milwaukee Brewers IF Surprise Saguaros [25]
2016 Austin Nola Miami Marlins C Mesa Solar Sox [26]
2017 Eric Filia Seattle Mariners OF Peoria Javelinas [20]
2018 Cole Tucker Pittsburgh Pirates SS Surprise Saguaros [27]
2019 Tyler Stephenson Cincinnati Reds C Glendale Desert Dogs [28]
2020 None (season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic) [14]

Hall of Fame

The Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame was created in 2001. The AFL has had over 1,200 former players reach Major League Baseball. Additionally, 18 former AFL managers or players have gone on to manage a major league club after managing in the league. To be considered by the selection committee, a player must be recognized at the major league level as a Rookie of the Year, a Most Valuable Player, an All-Star, or a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger Award winner. Through 2019, there were 46 inductees to the hall.[29]

Dusty Baker, manager, inducted 2001
Dusty Baker, manager, inducted 2001
Alfonso Soriano, player, inducted 2006
Alfonso Soriano, player, inducted 2006
Jeff Nelson, umpire, inducted 2018
Jeff Nelson, umpire, inducted 2018
HOF year Inductee Arizona Fall League Ref.
Season Team Role
2001 Dusty Baker 1992 Scottsdale Scorpions Manager [30]
2001 Nomar Garciaparra 1994 Scottsdale Scorpions Shortstop [30]
2001 Derek Jeter 1994 Chandler Diamondbacks Shortstop [30]
2001 Mike Piazza 1992 Sun Cities Solar Sox Catcher [30]
2002 Jason Giambi 1994 Peoria Javelinas First baseman [30]
2002 Jerry Manuel 1994 Maryvale Saguaros Manager [30]
2003 Shawn Green 1992 Scottsdale Scorpions Outfielder [30]
2003 Todd Helton 1996 Peoria Javelinas First baseman [30]
2003 Mike Scioscia 1997 Peoria Javelinas Manager [30]
2004 Garret Anderson 1993 Tempe Rafters Outfielder [30]
2004 Tony Peña 2000 Maryvale Saguaros Manager [30]
2004 Albert Pujols 2000 Scottsdale Scorpions Third baseman [30]
2005 Troy Percival 1992 Scottsdale Scorpions Pitcher [30]
2005 Terry Francona 1992
1994
Grand Canyon Rafters
Scottsdale Scorpions
Coach
Manager
[30]
2006 Roy Halladay 1998 Grand Canyon Rafters Pitcher [30]
2006 Grady Little 1992 Grand Canyon Rafters Manager [30]
2006 Alfonso Soriano 1998 Grand Canyon Rafters Second baseman [30]
2007 Jermaine Dye 1995 Sun Cities Solar Sox Outfielder [30]
2007 Derrek Lee 1995–1996 Sun Cities Solar Sox First baseman [30]
2007 Ken Macha 1994 Tempe Rafters Manager [30]
2007 Torii Hunter 1998 Phoenix Desert Dogs Outfielder [30]
2008 Jimmy Rollins 2000 Maryvale Saguaros Shortstop [30]
2008 Eric Wedge 1993 Tucson Javelinas Catcher [30]
2009 Brian Giles 1994 Sun Cities Solar Sox Outfielder [30]
2010 Chris Carpenter 1996 Phoenix Desert Dogs Pitcher [30]
2010 Michael Young 2000 Grand Canyon Rafters Shortstop [30]
2011 Ryan Howard 2004 Phoenix Desert Dogs First baseman [30]
2011 Paul Konerko 1996 Sun Cities Solar Sox First baseman [30]
2012 Derek Lowe 1993
1995
Sun Cities Solar Sox
Peoria Javelinas
Pitcher [30]
2012 Mark Teixeira 2002 Peoria Javelinas Third baseman [30]
2012 Ron Washington 1992
1993
Sun Cities Solar Sox
Tucson Javelinas
Coach [30]
2013 Darin Erstad 1995 Tempe Rafters Outfielder [30]
2013 Bob Melvin 1999 Maryvale Saguaros Manager [30]
2013 Dustin Pedroia 2004 Scottsdale Scorpions Shortstop [30]
2014 Carl Crawford 2001 Maryvale Saguaros Outfielder [30]
2014 Matt Holliday 2002–2003 Mesa Solar Sox Outfielder [30]
2015 Andrew McCutchen 2007 Phoenix Desert Dogs Outfielder [31]
2015 Chase Utley 2002 Grand Canyon Rafters Third baseman [31]
2016 Adrián González 2003 Peoria Saguaros First baseman [32]
2017 Max Scherzer 2007
2008
Scottsdale Scorpions
Phoenix Desert Dogs
Pitcher [33]
2017 Mike Trout 2011 Scottsdale Scorpions Outfielder [33]
2017 David Wright 2003 Peoria Saguaros Third baseman [33]
2018 Ted Barrett 1993–1995 Umpire [34]
2018 Jeff Nelson 1996 Umpire [34]
2018 Buster Posey 2009 Scottsdale Scorpions Catcher [34]
2019 Steve Cobb 1994–2018 AFL director [29]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Some websites, such as Baseball-Reference.com, use an abbreviation of AZFL.

References

  1. ^ a b c d "About the AFL". MLB.com. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "MLB Moves Up Arizona Fall League Schedule for 2019". BallparkDigest.com. March 20, 2019. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Morales, Javier (September 24, 1992). "Arizona Fall League falling into place". Arizona Daily Star. Tucson, Arizona. p. 4. Retrieved April 25, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Stone, Larry (September 22, 1992). "Baseball notebook". North County Times. Oceanside, California. p. 20. Retrieved April 25, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Rafters call Surprise Stadium home for Fall League baseball". The Arizona Republic. Phoenix, Arizona. October 18, 2006. p. 41. Retrieved April 25, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ a b Mayo, Jonathan (October 10, 2019). "Here are Saturday's Fall Stars Game rosters". MLB.com. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  7. ^ Pleskoff, Bernie (November 1, 2019). "Clouds Hover Over The Arizona Fall League". Forbes. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  8. ^ Kubatko, Roch. "Orioles recall Austin Hays," Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), Saturday, September 7, 2019. Retrieved September 24, 2019
  9. ^ Caputo, Paul (July 23, 2019). "MLB unveils new logo for Arizona Fall League". sportslogos.net. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  10. ^ Maun, Tyler (September 21, 2020). "2020 Arizona Fall League season canceled". MiLB.com. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  11. ^ Baseball-Reference.com minor-league records for each player. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  12. ^ "Baseball mad: Jordan, Scorpions account for 80 percent of Arizona Fall League's attendance". The Herald-Palladium. St. Joseph, Michigan. Associated Press. November 15, 1994. p. 16. Retrieved April 25, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Peter, Josh (October 11, 2016). "Tim Tebow makes Arizona Fall League debut, crashes into wall". USA Today. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  14. ^ a b c Norris, Josh (September 21, 2020). "Arizona Fall League Cancels 2020 Season". Baseball America. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  15. ^ "Desme Wins AFL MVP Award". CBS Sports. November 23, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2010. See Grant Desme, the 2009 recipient.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Brewers' Keston Hiura Arizona Fall League MVP". MLB.com. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  17. ^ Baker, Geoff (November 23, 2010). "Can Dustin Ackley buck the Arizona Fall League MVP curse? The bar has been set pretty low". The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  18. ^ "Yankees' Bird named Arizona Fall League MVP". MLB.com. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  19. ^ "Yankees teenage prospect Gleyber Torres named 2016 Arizona Fall League MVP". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Braves' Acuna caps breakout with MVP award". MiLB.com. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  21. ^ William Boor (October 26, 2019). "Gleyber, Acuña, Hiura ... now Royce Lewis". MLB.com. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  22. ^ Dernell Stenson Stats. Baseball Almanac website. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Stenson Award". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  24. ^ "Mariners prospect Patrick Kivlehan wins AFL's Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  25. ^ "Yadiel Rivera wins Fall League Stenson Award". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  26. ^ Kramer, Daniel (November 19, 2016). "Nola wins Fall League's Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award". MLB.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  27. ^ Gilbert, Steve (November 17, 2018). "Pirates' Cole Tucker wins AFL Stenson award". MLB.com. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  28. ^ Jesse Sanchez (October 26, 2019). "Reds' Stephenson earns AFL's Stenson Award". MLB.com. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  29. ^ a b "Cobb to be inducted into Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame". MLB.com (Press release). October 17, 2019. Cobb will become the 46th member of the AFL Hall of Fame
  30. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj "Hall of Fame". MLB.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016 – via Wayback Machine.
  31. ^ a b Fordin, Spencer (August 19, 2015). "AFL Hall of Fame elects McCutchen, Utley". MLB.com.
  32. ^ "Dodgers' Gonzalez elected to Fall League Hall of Fame". The Arizona Republic. September 16, 2016. p. C4. Retrieved April 26, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  33. ^ a b c Trezza, Joe (August 25, 2017). "Trout, Scherzer, Wright join Fall League Hall of Fame". MLB.com.
  34. ^ a b c "Posey, umpires Barrett and Nelson join Fall League HOF". MLB.com. July 1, 2018.

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