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Monday, September 21, 2020

MLB officially cancels 2020 Arizona Fall League

The novel coronavirus pandemic has cancelled a lot of sporting events around the world in 2020, and now MLB’s annual Arizona Fall League for prospects has met the same fate, per this Baseball America article:

Specifically, MLB did not believe the AFL’s traditional facilities—Salt River Fields, Scottsdale Stadium, Surprise Stadium, Peoria Sports Complex, Sloan Park and Camelback Ranch—were well-suited to deal with 40-plus players as well as coaches and other staff members while still maintaining proper physical distancing.

Beyond that, many of the players who would have been considered for the AFL are already at the teams’ alternate sites and either preparing to enter playoff bubbles or head to the fall instructional league.

Speaking of the fall instructional league, MLB has revived that, for this year at least, but with a twist:

All 15 MLB teams that have their spring training facilities in Arizona have agreed to play each other during instructional league. The games will begin on Oct. 5.

The teams will be divided into two leagues, with the eight teams located on the West side of the Phoenix area playing each other in a schedule that begins Oct. 5 and ends Nov. 14, while the seven teams on the East side of Phoenix will begin on Oct. 6 and end on Nov. 12. To give the East side an even number of teams, the Giants will field two clubs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 21, 2020 at 10:31 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Friday, June 05, 2020

Sources: MLB Considering Expanded Arizona, Florida Fall League

Although the possibility of a traditional minor league season grows slimmer by the day, there is good reason to believe every team’s prospects will get a chance to gain a large number of reps at some point this summer.

That’s because the Arizona Fall League, which typically runs from mid September until late October, could fill the void with a new, expanded format, according to multiple MLB officials who have been apprised of the potential plans.

In normal years, the AFL features six teams each with prospects from five organizations. Under a plan being developed, each of the 30 organizations would send a roster of their own prospects to play at spring training sites in both Arizona and Florida. There has been a discussion of even having a second lower level team for each club as well, although nothing has been finalized.

Rockies and D-backs prospects, for example, would play their home games at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz., while Yankees prospects would play at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 05, 2020 at 03:21 PM | 3 comment(s)
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