Arizona League

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Arizona League
Logo azl.png
Arizona League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1989
No. of teams 13*
Country USA
Most recent champion(s) Arizona League Indians
Official website Official Website

The Arizona League is a minor league baseball league that operates in and around Phoenix, Arizona. It is a Rookie-level league run by Major League Baseball since 1989. Along with the Gulf Coast League, it forms the lowest rung of the minor-league system. Games are played at the spring training complexes of the team's parent organizations from mid-June until the end of August. Night games are commonly played in the spring training stadium, but this is not always the case. The regular season is 56 games.

The rules for this are as follows. (In all cases, an assignment of a player on a major-league disabled list to the minors while on a rehabilitation assignment does not count as time spent in the minors.) A rehab assignment is a common thing for teams to do. Players are sent down to the minors so they could regain their form so they can be brought up to the majors. This is exemplified by the team Rehab Assignment in GFF. The owners are participating in minor league action.

Teams primarily consist of players from the Dominican Republic and recently drafted high school and college players, and are owned by their parent clubs. Most of the players have just been selected in that year's entry draft, two to three weeks before the league begins its season. The league is also where major league players often go for their first rehab assignments. No official attendance records are kept as there is no paid admittance fee, and no concessions are sold. However, few spectators show up, as games are typically played in temperatures above 100°F. The high temperatures do not affect either quality or competition, as the players are primarily there to hone their skills rather than win games. For this reason, Arizona League games, like their GCL counterparts, are among the least competitive of minor league games.

The three division winners will be joined by a Wild Card team in the playoffs. The team with the best record will meet the Wild Card team and the other two division winners will meet in one-game playoffs. The two winners will meet in a championship game.

Bob Richmond is the league president. The league offices are in Boise, Idaho.

Current teams[edit]

Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
Arizona League Angels Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tempe, Arizona Tempe Diablo Stadium 9,785
Arizona League Athletics Oakland Athletics Phoenix, Arizona Papago Park Sports Facility
Arizona League Brewers Milwaukee Brewers Phoenix, Arizona Maryvale Baseball Park 8,000
Arizona League Cubs Chicago Cubs Mesa, Arizona Cubs Park 15,000
Arizona League Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks Scottsdale, Arizona Salt River Fields at Talking Stick 11,000
Arizona League Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers Glendale, Arizona Camelback Ranch 12,000
Arizona League Giants San Francisco Giants Scottsdale, Arizona Scottsdale Stadium 12,000
Arizona League Indians Cleveland Indians Goodyear, Arizona Goodyear Ballpark 10,000
Arizona League Mariners Seattle Mariners Peoria, Arizona Peoria Sports Complex 12,882
Arizona League Padres San Diego Padres Peoria, Arizona Peoria Sports Complex 12,882
Arizona League Rangers Texas Rangers Surprise, Arizona Surprise Stadium 10,500
Arizona League Reds Cincinnati Reds Goodyear, Arizona Goodyear Ballpark 10,000
Arizona League Royals* Kansas City Royals Surprise, Arizona Surprise Stadium 10,500
Arizona League White Sox* Chicago White Sox Glendale, Arizona Camelback Ranch 12,000

Rosters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baseball America, Dec.10-31, 2013, page 46
  2. ^ mob.com

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