Potential for More Fall Ball in Arizona

December 25, 2008 by  

az_hardballWhile the decisions have yet to be made, there seems to be the possibility for an extra dose of fall baseball to come to Arizona. Making it more convenient for scouts, even more of the top prospects may be coming to the valley next fall. The buzz comes as a result of the expiration of the Hawaii winter baseball three-year contract and ideas that have already been previously discussed.

Since early in the 90’s, MLB has been experimenting with the idea of having fall baseball in the Midwest, California’s Inland Empire and the East Coast. None of these ventures would end up panning out which would revive the idea of having baseball in Hawaii. Currently there are four teams that compete during the Winter/ Fall League in Hawaii that have the possibility of coming to the Phoenix area.

One of the influencing factors is the baseball infrastructure that the Phoenix Metro area already has. With the addition of new ballparks in 2009 and 2010, there seems to be more room for the teams to play here. Historically, the players of the AFL are generally a little more experienced than those of the Hawaii baseball league which would potentially create the need for their own circuit in which they can compete. Alternatively, roster requirements can be passed down to make all teams competitive so that they are playing each other more than twice a week.

Although Hawaiian fans may be clearly disappointed, the business justification seems to make sense. Making it more convenient for the teams and their scouts would be beneficial to the organizations and more affordable for most fans. Admittedly we are a little biased being in Arizona but locale aside, whether die-hard fans agree or not, MLB is a business and bringing the competition to a single place would benefit the teams, scouts, players, organizations; and in this case, Arizona.

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5 Responses to “Potential for More Fall Ball in Arizona”

  1. AZ Hardball on December 25th, 2008 12:41 pm

    A special thanks to John of Scout.com for bringing this to our attention.

  2. Kevin on July 23rd, 2009 12:02 am

    Is there any update on this? Any idea on how it would work out, where teams might play, when it might start, whether there will be a league at all? It’s getting close to being time we hear about rosters being made up, and I havent heard anything in over 6 months as to what the AFL/HWL will be like.

  3. AZ Hardball on July 23rd, 2009 12:59 pm

    Nothing new at the moment. We are keeping an eye out for the Fall League information on a regular basis. Thanks for checking in and we will be sure to let you know of any developments that are made.

  4. AZ Hardball on August 11th, 2009 4:17 pm

    Hi Kevin, The latest update that I was able to find is that the Jr. AFL will more than likely not be taking place until 2010 as a result of the economy. I was able to find the following article which mentions it in it’s closing.

    AFL Teams Boast Seasoned Coaches (via MLB.com)

  5. AZ Hardball on September 21st, 2009 10:55 am

    Another update on the AZ Parallel Fall League/ AKA AZ Advanced Instructional League. Clubs Form Information Fall League (via MLB.com)

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