Thursday, August 9, 2012

Rays In The Arizona Fall League

The organizational assignments for the Arizona Fall League have been announced and the Rays will be sending players to the Phoenix Desert Dogs. Other orgs who will contribute players to the Desert Dogs include the Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, and Florida Marlins. The last time the Rays sent players to the Desert Dogs was in 2009.

As in past seasons the league will consist of six teams in two divisions, with orgs assigned as follows for 2012:
East Division
Mesa Solar Sox: Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, Orioles, Tigers.
Salt River Rafters: Blue Jays, D-backs, Nationals, Rockies, White Sox.
Scottsdale Scorpions: Angels, Giants, Indians, Pirates, Yankees.

West Division
Peoria Javelinas: Mariners, Padres, Phillies, Reds, Twins.
Phoenix Desert Dogs: Athletics, Braves, Brewers, Marlins, Rays.
Surprise Saguaros: Cardinals, Mets, Rangers, Red Sox, Royals.

Some other notes...

Season schedule: Opening day for the league’s 20th anniversary season is Tuesday, October 9th. The Rising Stars game is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The league championship game will be Saturday, November 17th at Scottsdale Stadium.

Weekly schedule: The league plays Monday through Saturday at six Maricopa County spring training stadiums during the six weeks prior to Thanksgiving.

Game times: 12:35 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. local time.

The venues for 2012 remain the same:
Mesa Solar Sox -> Mesa Hohokam Stadium
Peoria Javelinas -> Peoria Sports Complex
Phoenix Desert Dogs -> Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Salt River Rafters -> Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Scottsdale Scorpions -> Scottsdale Stadium
Surprise Saguaros -> Surprise Stadium

The 2012 Phoenix Desert Dogs schedule:

Week One
Tuesday, 10/9 - Scottsdale Scorpions, 12:35
Wednesday, 10/10 - at Scottsdale Scorpions, 6:35
Thursday, 10/11 - Peoria Javelinas, 12:35
Friday, 10/12 - at Peoria Javelinas, 12:35
Saturday, 10/13 - at Mesa Solar Sox, 12:35
Sunday, 10/14 - Off Day

Week Two
Monday, 10/15 - Salt River Rafters, 12:35
Tuesday, 10/16 - at Salt River Rafters, 6:35
Wednesday, 10/17 - at Surprise Saguaros, 12:35
Thursday, 10/18 - Surprise Saguaros, 12:35
Friday, 10/19 - Mesa Solar Sox, 12:35
Saturday, 10/20 - Peoria Javelinas, 12:35
Sunday, 10/21 - Off Day

Week Three
Monday, 10/22 - at Scottsdale Scorpions, 12:35
Tuesday, 10/23 - Mesa Solar Sox, 12:35
Wednesday, 10/24 - at Surprise Saguaros, 12:35
Thursday, 10/25 - at Salt River Rafters, 12:35
Friday, 10/26 - at Surprise Saguaros, 6:35
Saturday, 10/27 - Scottsdale Scorpions, 12:35
Sunday, 10/28 - Off Day

Week Four
Monday, 10/29 - Salt River Rafters, 12:35
Tuesday, 10/30 - Mesa Solar Sox, 12:35
Wednesday, 10/31 - at Scottsdale Scorpions, 12:35
Thursday, 11/1 - at Salt River Rafters, 12:35
Friday, 11/2 - Surprise Saguaros, 12:35
Saturday, 11/3 - Rising Stars Game, 5:10
Sunday, 11/4 - Off Day

Week Five
Monday, 11/5 - at Surprise Saguaros, 12:35
Tuesday, 11/6 - at Peoria Javelinas, 12:35
Wednesday, 11/7 - Peoria Javelinas, 12:35
Thursday, 11/8 - at Mesa Solar Sox, 12:35
Friday, 11/9 - Scottsdale Scorpions, 12:35
Saturday, 11/10 - Salt River Rafters, 12:35
Sunday, 11/11 - Off Day

Week Six
Monday, 11/12 - Peoria Javelinas, 12:35
Tuesday, 11/13 - at Peoria Javelinas, 12:35
Wednesday, 11/14 - Surprise Saguaros, 12:35
Thursday, 11/15 - at Mesa Solar Sox, 12:35
Friday, 11/16 - Off Day
Saturday, 11/17 - Championship Game, 1:10

Phoenix Desert Dogs 2012 coaching staff:
Aaron Holbert, Manager
Darnell Coles, hitting coach
Charlie Corbell, pitching coach


- Initial rosters are announced around September 1st, some years it's been a few days earlier.

- Final rosters come out right before the season begins.

- Roster size is 30 players per team.

- Each MLB organization is required to provide six players.

- All AAA and AA players are eligible if they were on at least a AA roster by August 1st.

- One player below the AA level is allowed per MLB org.

- One foreign player per org is allowed, as long as the player does not reside in a country that participates in winter ball, as part of the Caribbean Confederation or the Australian winter league.

- No players with more than one year of credited Major League service as of August 31st are eligible, except an org may select one player picked in the most recently concluded Major League Rule 5 Draft.

- Players on a minor league disabled list must be activated at least 45 days before the conclusion of their respective seasons.

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