SABR Arizona Fall League Conference
The sixth annual SABR Arizona Fall League Conference will be held October 30-November 1, 2014. The conference will feature three AFL games, including one at new Cubs Park in Mesa. We'll also have dinner at Don and Charlie's in Scottsdale, home to one of the great sports memorabilia collections you will ever see, and a special evening with members of the Arizona Major League Alumni.
On Saturday morning, attendees will join members of SABR's Flame Delhi (Arizona) Chapter for their regional fall meeting. Saturday night is always a highlight of the conference as the top prospects from every organization participate in the AFL Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. All of this, including transportation, is included in one low registration price.
Learn more about Arizona baseball history by downloading Mining Towns to Major Leagues: A History of Arizona Baseball, SABR's 1999 convention journal that was recently republished as an e-book at the Flame Delhi Chapter's website, SABRAZ.org.
The Arizona Fall League (mlbfallball.com) is baseball's premier player development league. In the first five years of the conference, attendees were treated to sneak peeks at Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Starlin Castro, Stephen Strasburg, Nolan Arenado, and Billy Hamilton before they hit the big leagues.
- Related link: MLB announces preliminary AFL rosters for 2014 season (August 26, 2014)
All baseball fans are welcome to attend, so join us in October for the SABR Arizona Fall League Conference.
Here are the details:
SABR Arizona Fall League Conference
October 30-November 1, 2014, Scottsdale, AZ
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Old Town Scottsdale
3131 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Conference room rate: $99/night (plus tax). Click the link above and use Group Code "SAB" to book your room online or call the hotel at (480) 675-7665 and mention the "SABR AFL Conference." Reservations must be booked by September 29, 2014, to get the SABR group rate.
Great hotel in a great spot! Every room is a two-room suite with two flat screen televisions, free wireless and connected internet, a refrigerator and a microwave. There is a complimentary shuttle which also is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for rides anywhere within a three-mile radius of the hotel. (Shuttle to and from the airport is $10.)
Note: In order to confirm a room assignment, Holiday Inn Express requires a credit card prepayment of your first night’s deposit, refundable up to 7 days in advance of your arrival date. Major credit cards are acceptable to establish prepayment. All credit cards used to prepay will be charged immediately. The hotel will deduct any collected nonrefundable prepayment fees from the amount you may owe as performance or cancellation damages. The cut-off date for hotel rooms is September 29, 2014. The rate is $99 + tax per night.
Registration: $165 before September 25; $195 afterward
Your registration fee includes all game tickets; an AFL Media Guide; dinner at Don and Charlie’s; a special evening with Arizona Major League Alumni; and transportation to and from all events. Hotel registration includes breakfast and complimentary happy hour each day. Questions: Contact Rodney Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 30
- Scottsdale Scorpions at Mesa Solar Sox, 12:35 p.m.
- Dinner at Don and Charlie's in Scottsdale, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, October 31
- Scottsdale Scorpions at Salt River Rafters, 12:35 p.m.
- Special evening with Arizona Major League Alumni, details TBA, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 1
- Flame Delhi Chapter meeting with special guests, 10:00 a.m. (at Holiday Inn Express)
- Fall Stars Game, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 5:00 p.m.
For stories and photos from past AFL Conferences, click on a link below: