After the World Series ends, you won’t have to wait until next season to get your baseball fix. SABR will hold its third annual Arizona Fall League Conference on November 3-5, 2011, at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa.
The schedule is expected to include:
- Four AFL games, including the premier Rising Stars Game on November 5 in Surprise and games at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and Hohokam Park in Mesa.
- Major League Alumni Awards Dinner: Roland Hemond will receive the AZMLA Legacy Award
- A tour of the “Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience” museum exhibit at the Arizona Historical Society in Tempe
- A tour of Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks
- Research presentations and guest speakers
The Arizona Fall League, which will celebrate its 20th season in 2011, was created by longtime SABR member Roland Hemond, who received the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award. Nearly 1,900 Fall League alumni have reached the major leagues, including MVPs such as Josh Hamilton, Joe Mauer and Albert Pujols and Cy Young Award winners such as Roy Halladay, Chris Carpenter and Brandon Webb.
Two of baseball’s top prospects, Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Mike Trout of the Angels, reportedly will play in the same outfield for the 2011 Scottsdale Scorpions. Rosters for the six AFL teams can be found here. To learn more about the AFL, visit mlbfallball.com.
Registration for the conference is available now at the SABR Store: $125 for SABR members and guests, or $159 for nonmembers. The conference is open to all baseball fans. If you are not a SABR member, click here to join.
The Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa is at 1011 West Holmes Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85210. SABR has reserved a block of rooms for $99/night (plus tax) for the nights of November 1 through November 8. Click here to book your room online or call (800) 544-5866 and tell them you’re registering for the SABR Arizona Fall League Conference. Conference attendees will receive complimentary parking, complimentary breakfast buffet (for up to two people per room) and complimentary wireless high-speed Internet in guest rooms. Please book your room by October 18 to guarantee a spot. The hotel’s website is www.phoenixeastmesa.hilton.com.
Originally published: September 1, 2011. Last Updated: September 1, 2011.