Arizona League

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Arizona League
Logo azl.png
Arizona League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1989
No. of teams 14
Country USA
Most recent
Arizona League Mariners
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 not marketed to the general public, and no admission is charged for spectators.

Games are played at the spring training complexes of the teams' parent organizations from mid-June until the end of August. Every Cactus League team fields an Arizona League team with the exception of the Colorado Rockies.[1] Night games are commonly played in the spring training stadium, though games may be played at the team's practice fields.

The regular season is 56 games, with a 35-player roster limit. Players must not have more than three years of previous minor league experience to be eligible to play.[2]

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. Few spectators show up, and games are typically played in temperatures above 100 °F.

Playoff Procedure[edit]

For 2016, the six teams who won their division for the first and second half of the season qualify for the playoffs. If a team wins the first and second half, the next best team in that division by overall record qualifies for the playoffs. The top two teams by overall record receive a bye to the semifinals. All playoff games are single elimination, with the exception of a best-of-3 final.[3]

Bob Richmond is the league president. The league offices are in Boise, Idaho.[4]

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 Mesa, Arizona Fitch Park
Arizona League Brewers Milwaukee Brewers Phoenix, Arizona Maryvale Baseball Park 8,000
Arizona League Cubs Chicago Cubs Mesa, Arizona Sloan 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
Arizona League White Sox Chicago White Sox Glendale, Arizona Camelback Ranch 12,000




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