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What do Derek Jeter, Dusty Baker and Albert Pujols have in common?

What do Derek Jeter, Dusty Baker and Albert Pujols have in common?
They, along with Matt Holiday, Mike Piazza, Kris Bryant, David Wright, Buster Posey and many more are alumni of the Arizona Fall League. As professional sporting events go, The Arizona Fall League is one the nation’s best-kept secrets and has flown under the radar for a couple decades, except for locals and baseball fanatics. The Arizona Fall League was created when the Major Leagues wanted to create an easily accessed off-season league. According to the MLB, they wanted to create an off-season league on U.S. soil so top prospects could play in an environment where scouts, coaches and managers could also participate, govern, and better organize.
  
The League is made up of six teams: Salt River Rafters, Peoria Javelinas, Mesa Solar Sox, Scottsdale Scorpions, Glendale Desert Dogs and Surprise Saguaros. These club names were picked by the MLB to be reflective of the Southwestern traditions of the state. The games are played in the Spring Training Stadiums used by the Giants, Mariners, Padres, Cubs, Dodgers, White Sox, Diamondbacks, and Rockies.
 
The Arizona Fall League is like a finishing school for top minor league players. Every August, every Major League club holds a position draft to identify which six or more players from each team will come to Arizona; most are Double-A and Triple-A Minor League Players and many are considered to be the team’s top prospects. The League is designed to refine these players’ skills and get them to the Major Leagues. Close to 60 percent of all Arizona Fall League alums eventually make it to the Major Leagues. Since its inception, the league has produced a total of 247 MLB All-Stars, 15 MVPs, six Cy Young Award Winners, four World Series MVP's, 80 MLB Silver Sluggers, 70 MLB Golden Gloves and 26 MLB Rookies of the Year.

Not only is the Arizona Fall League a breeding ground for future superstars, but it’s a place for managers, coaches and umpires to develop and enhance their skills, as well as working with college sports managements programs to help enhance student interns’ careers. Many of the team executives also show up to see the team talent play.
   
Just like Spring Training brings millions of fans from around the country into the Valley of the Sun, the Arizona Fall League is a great destination for fans and families to see talent on the diamond in a more intimate setting. Tickets to the games are only $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens or children under 17. Group tickets and individual season passes are also available with certain requirements.
  
If you need more incentive besides affordable prices to come out and watch the next generation of baseball greatness, here are some more reasons to come out:

1. Great weather: In 2014, the average high temperature during the Arizona Fall League ranged from 73-95 degrees. The daytime weather offers sun-lovers plenty of warm rays to soak in, while the evening games provide great comfort similar to “summer nights”.

2. Up close and personal: For the young and old, the Arizona Fall League is a time to get close to the players without the hassle. It’s normal for fans to wait outside the stadium, approaching players as they arrive and depart the bus, asking for autographs and photos. Even better yet, the players are said to be friendly and more than willing to stop for a picture, signature, or quick chat.
  
 

3. Affordable vacation: A family of four can attend a fall league game for slightly over $30, parking is free, and although the stadium team shops are closed until spring training, your wallet will thank you. If you are from out of state, hotel rates and car rental prices don’t jump until Thanksgiving.

4. Scottsdale offers exceptional dining, shopping and cultural venues to enjoy. You
 
can also hike in the Tonto National Forest or the Sonoran Desert and then relax poolside or grab a massage at one of the many luxurious spas.


If you’re a baseball fan or just looking for something fun to do this fall, try an Arizona Sports League game.
                          
The Bowman Hitting Challenge kicks off the Arizona Fall Ball League on Saturday, October 8th. The league runs thru mid-November and includes a Fall Star Game and a Championship Game. Who knows, maybe you’ll win a bet on a future Hall of Famer or just come away with a great experience. If you would like information about Scottsdale Resort Lifestyle Living, please contact us.