The Hot Stove League kicked off in fine fashion on Thursday, October 31 with the start of the fifth annual SABR Arizona Fall League Conference.
About 25 conference guests attended an AFL game between the Scottsdale Scorpions and Mesa Solar Sox on Thursday afternoon at Hohokam Park in Mesa, then had dinner at the legendary baseball hangout Don and Charlie’s in Scottsdale with special guest and longtime SABR member Roland Hemond — founder of the Arizona Fall League — and major league alumni Lou Klimchock, Ron Davis, Dave Hilton and Ken Phelps.
The conference runs through Saturday, November 2 and includes three more AFL games plus a pregame ballpark dinner at Talking Stick at Salt River with special guest speaker Mark Davis, 1989 National League Cy Young Award winner and now a minor league pitching coach in the Kansas City Royals organization. Davis spent 15 years in the major leagues with the Phillies, Giants, Padres, Royals, Braves and Brewers.
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 Surprise Stadium.
For more details and a complete schedule, visit SABR.org/AFL.
View photos from Day 1 of the SABR Arizona Fall League Conference below:
Originally published: November 1, 2013. Last Updated: November 1, 2013.