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Arizona Fall League Teams & Managers

I love all sports, but, baseball for me is the best. Therefore, as the MLB regular season winds down my focus will be on the play-offs, but it will also be on the upcoming Arizona Fall League. I moved from Ohio to Phoenix for several reasons, and one that was tops on my list was baseball. There is almost always a baseball game going on somewhere close to me, and a league I am really growing to love is the Arizona Fall League. I will be covering this league more this season, and I hope you come along on the journey with me. I will do some in depth articles this season, and will explain to you why this league is really growing on me, but for now the different teams have been announced and which teams will supply players to those teams as well as the stadiums and the coaching staffs for each team. The season that begins Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Regarded throughout professional baseball as the “finishing school” for top prospects since its inception in 1992, the six-team league features elite young players from every organization in Major League Baseball. The league plays three games per day six days a week (Monday-Saturday) in six Cactus League stadiums: Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Peoria Sports Complex, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale Stadium, Sloan Park and Surprise Stadium.

Daily start times are 12:35 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. MST.

The 13th annual Fall Stars Game will be played Saturday, Nov. 3 at Surprise Stadium.

The league’s championship contest is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 at Scottsdale Stadium.

The 2018 schedule will be announced on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The Arizona Fall League is owned and operated by Major League Baseball.

EAST DIVISIONImage result for mesa solar sox

Mesa Solar Sox
(Sloan Park)
• Boston Red Sox
• Chicago Cubs
• Detroit Tigers
• Los Angeles Angels
• Oakland Athletics

Manager: Lou Marson (Angels)
Pitching coach: Jorge Cordova (Tigers)
Hitting coaches: Nelson Paulino (Red Sox), Jimmy Gonzalez (Cubs)
Trainers: Jonathan Fierro (Cubs), Shane Zdebiak (Athletics)

Salt River RaftersRelated image
(Salt River Fields)
• Arizona Diamondbacks
• Colorado Rockies
• Miami Marlins
• Minnesota Twins
• Washington Nationals

Manager: Tommy Watkins (Twins)
Pitching coach: Dave Burba (Rockies)
Hitting coaches: Luis Ordaz (Nationals), Shelley Duncan (D-backs)
Trainers: Melissa Hampton (Marlins), Mike Powell (D-backs)

Scottsdale ScorpionsRelated image
(Scottsdale Stadium)
• Cincinnati Reds
• Houston Astros
• New York Mets
• Philadelphia Phillies
• San Francisco Giants

Manager: Willie Harris (Giants)
Pitching coaches: Derrin Ebert (Reds), Aaron Fultz (Phillies)
Hitting coaches: Ryan Ellis (Mets), Troy Snitker (Astros)
Trainers: John Gregorich (Astros), Michael Hefta (Phillies)

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Glendale Desert Dogs
(Camelback Ranch-Glendale)
• Baltimore Orioles
• Chicago White Sox
• Cleveland Indians
• Los Angeles Dodgers
• New York Yankees

Manager: Dave Anderson (Orioles)
Pitching coach: Rigo Beltran (Indians)
Hitting coaches: Justin Viele (Dodgers), Charles Poe (White Sox)
Trainers: Michael Becker (Yankees), Scott Takao (White Sox)

Peoria JavelinasRelated image
(Peoria Sports Complex)
• Atlanta Braves
• Milwaukee Brewers
• San Diego Padres
• Seattle Mariners
• Tampa Bay Rays

Manager: Daren Brown (Mariners)
Pitching coaches: Pete Zamora (Padres)
Hitting coach: Joe Szekely (Rays)
Trainers: Josie Harding (Brewers), Vic Scarpone (Braves)

Surprise SaguarosRelated image
(Surprise Stadium)
• Kansas City Royals
• Pittsburgh Pirates
• St. Louis Cardinals
• Texas Rangers
• Toronto Blue Jays

Manager: Stubby Clapp (Cardinals)
Pitching coaches: Bryan Hickerson (Pirates), Jose Jaimes (Rangers)
Hitting coach: Brian Buchanan (Royals)
Position coach: Andy Fermin (Blue Jays)
Trainers: Daniel Leja (Blue Jays), Alex Rodriguez (Rangers)

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