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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ramifications of an exciting 57i66135 Posted: September 23, 2020 at 02:57 PM (#5978308)
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
All 15 MLB teams that have their spring training facilities in Arizona have agreed to play each other during instructional league.

this makes, literally, no sense.

   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 23, 2020 at 03:07 PM (#5978311)
Does someone other than MLB make money from the AFL? That probably explains it. The idea that MLB gives the slightest fraction of a #### about making sure players maintain distancing and follow other protocols is laughable.
   3. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: September 23, 2020 at 09:07 PM (#5978359)
What's the practical difference between the AFL and the Fall Instructional League, especially given the changes they are making to the Fall Instructional League? Will there be fans in the stands? Did anyone expect fans in the stands for the AFL?
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: September 23, 2020 at 10:37 PM (#5978380)
I attended the AFL in 2018.

it's fun - but to say "good seats are available" is a tremendous understatement, and I went to several of the parks.

if there are any groupies for scouts, this would be the dream vacation.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 23, 2020 at 10:56 PM (#5978386)
if there are any groupies for scouts . . .
It’s an older demographic.

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