Roland Hemond to speak at 2017 SABR Arizona Fall League Experience

We’re excited to announce that longtime SABR member and local chapter namesake Roland Hemond will be a featured speaker at the ninth annual SABR Arizona Fall League Experience, which will be held Thursday, November 2 to Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Hemond — who is scheduled to speak at the Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter meeting on Saturday, November 4 — is credited as being the founder of the Arizona Fall League, baseball’s premier player development league for the last two decades.

In 2011, Hemond became the second recipient of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award and was honored during Induction Weekend in Cooperstown, New York. As a front-office executive who has spent more than six decades in baseball, Hemond was a three-time winner of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award and helped build winning franchises with the Braves, Angels, White Sox, Orioles, and Diamondbacks, where he still serves as a special assistant to President/CEO Derrick Hall.

The 2017 SABR Arizona Fall League Experience is open to all baseball fans.

  • Register now by clicking here! Registration is $175 for all SABR members and guests before October 12, 2017; $195 afterward.
  • Host hotel: SABR’s recommended hotel is the Embassy Suites (5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251) in Old Town Scottsdale. Click here to book your room online or call the hotel at (480) 949-1414 or (800) 528-1456 and mention “SABR” to book your room at our special group rate of $129/night (plus tax).

Our ballpark dinner at Scottsdale Stadium on Thursday evening is expected to include guest speakers Del Unser, a former Philadelphia Phillies player and executive, AFL Executive Director Steve Cobb. On Friday night, we’ll have a special dinner at Don and Charlie’s, home of one of the best baseball memorabilia collections you’ll ever see. On Saturday, attendees will join members of SABR’s Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter for their regional fall meeting, with research presentations and more guest speakers. We’ll conclude the conference with the nationally televised Fall Stars Game on Saturday evening at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. All of this, including transportation, is included in one low registration price.

In the first eight years of the SABR AFL conference, attendees were treated to sneak peeks at Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Stephen Strasburg, Nolan Arenado, Gerrit Cole, Billy Hamilton, and Gary Sanchez before they hit the big leagues.

Visit to sign up today or to find the full schedule.

Originally published: September 20, 2017. Last Updated: September 20, 2017.