MLB NETWORK, MLB.COM TO AIR ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE GAMES LIVE ON NOVEMBER 7 & 21
Victor Rojas, Tony Clark & Daron Sutton to Call Games Featuring Major League Baseball’s Elite Prospects
Secaucus, N.J., October 30, 2009 – MLB Network today announced it will air two Arizona Fall League games in November, including the fourth annual Rising Stars Game and the Championship game. MLB Network’s Tony Clark and Arizona Diamondbacks announcer Daron Sutton will be in the broadcast booth for the Rising Stars Game on Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET live from Surprise Stadium. Clark, who played for the league’s Tempe Rafters in 1994, and MLB Network host Victor Rojas will call the 18th annual AFL Championship game on Saturday, November 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET live from Scottsdale Stadium. MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, will co-produce and provide free live and on-demand video streams of the two games.
The Rising Stars Game is a showcase pitting elite prospects from each Major League Baseball organization in an East Division vs. West Division format. The East Division squad will feature prospects from the Angels, Athletics, Blue Jays, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Giants, Marlins, Nationals, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, Rays, Red Sox, Rockies and Twins. The West Division will field players from the Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, Indians, Mariners, Mets, Padres, Rangers, Reds, Royals, Tigers, White Sox, and Yankees. The Arizona Fall League annually pits its two division winners in a championship game. The Phoenix Desert Dogs have won championship rings each of the past years.
Several Major League Baseball standouts appeared in the first three Rising Stars Games, including Gordon Beckham (White Sox), Ryan Braun (Brewers), Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox), Yunel Escobar (Braves), Tommy Hanson (Braves), Phil Hughes (Yankees), Kevin Kouzmanoff (Padres), Jed Lowrie (Red Sox), Daniel Murphy (Mets), Hunter Pence (Astros) and Matt Weiters (Orioles).
The Arizona Fall League, known throughout professional baseball as a “finishing school” for Major League Baseball’s elite prospects, is a six-team league owned and operated by Major League Baseball that plays six days per week in five Cactus League stadiums (Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise) in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The AFL began its 18th season on October 13, 2009.