Arizona Fall League Travel: Phoenix has many attractions along with the fall baseball

 Drury Hotel, Airport has a great pool, is convenient to the airport, but there are four other locations in Phoenix

The Arizona Fall League is in full swing in the Phoenix area and will be out there as we have in the past, checking on all the action and reporting back. We’ll be there Oct. 26-29, but the Fall League goes on through October with the Championships on Nov . 12.

The Cardinals players will be on the Salt River Rafters. They play their home games at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick near Scottsdale,. The ballpark is also the spring training facility of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

(Scroll down for baseball specifics about the Fall League)

There is so much to do in the “Valley of the Sun” as the Phoenix area is called. Whether you want culture like the Heard Museum, the Wild West, Golfing, Shopping or just going to the Fall League games at night and swimming at your hotel during the day.– there is something for everyone

As the weather gets cooler in the St. Louis area, the Drury Hotels in Phoenix have indoor/outdoor pools and it’s perfect weather to sit by the pool. If you choose a Drury Hotel for your trip, don’t forget to use the promocode SPORTS. With four in the area it’s best to map out where your activities will be and choose by location. more on that below.

There is great golfing for those who like to check out the local links when they take trips. Here is a site that lists their version of the best golf courses in Springfield. CLICK HERE.

Scottsdale is a fun suburb of Phoenix. It has an area called “Old Town Scottsdale” which is a western-type area with artists, crafters, and the famous Sugar Bowl Ice cream shop restaurant. The Sugar Bowl has been featured in the comic strip “Family Circus” as Bill Keane the artist who drew and wrote the comic lived in the Scottsdale/Happy Valley area and loved the ice cream shop. It is features bright pink booths, old fashioned burgers and fries with outstanding ice cream desserts. The Sugar Bowl is a “must see” for anyone who likes the old-fashioned feeling of an ice cream fountain.

Old Scottsdale also has art museums of all types with crafts in the style of “Arizona.” There are many jewelry stores: and other little shops lots of turquoise and silver, Native American blankets, etc.

There are also bars and restaurants. Go during the day so you can take it all in and then if you see an eatery or bar you want to come back for, you’ll know where it is. There are several “wild west” photo opportunities including the sign shown left.

Phoenix is a diverse place to travel because it has a little something for everything.

Nature lovers enjoy the scenery, hiking and nearby trip to Sedona. Camelback Mountain is located about 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, It is one of Phoenix’s best hikes and most popular attractions for thousands of visiting hikers each year. Two difficult trails ascend 1,420 feet to a summit resembling the hump of a camel’s back, affording 360-degree views of the surrounding city.

Phoenix can have excessive heat and when the temperatures are too hot Camelback Mountain is closed to the public. A word to the wise for hikers or anyone walking anyplace in the Phoenix area– always take water with you.

Phoenix has shopping that would fit anyone’s taste. There are upscale malls, and  stores like the Shops at Biltmore; outlet malls; antique shops and more. Here are a few shopping outlets in and around the Scottsdale area: Scottsdale Fashion Square upscale shops (7014 E. Camelback Rd.),; The Pavillions at Talking Stick Shopping Center outdoor mall with many familiar stores (9120 East Talking Stick Way); Scottsdale Towne Center (15444 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd); The Promenade  stores and restaurants(16243 N. Scottsdale Rd.). There are many more, just google shopping in the area of Phoenix you choose to stay in.

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) is for prospects from MLB organizations to get extra playing time and also get spotlighted. So the Cardinals are not on their own team, they play on the Salt River Rafters this year. Here are the teams and which mlb teams will be represented on them:

Arizona Fall League Teams

Desert Dogs: Brewers, Dodgers, Reds, Twins, White Sox
Mesa Solar Sox: Athletics, Cubs, Marlins, Rays, Yankees
Peoria Javelinas: Guardians, Mariners, Mets, Nationals, Padres
Salt River Rafters: Blue Jays, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Tigers
Scottsdale Scorpions: Angels, Braves, Giants, Orioles, Red Sox
Surprise Saguaros: Astros, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers, Royals

The league is split into East (Mesa, Salt River, Scottsdale) and West (Glendale, Peoria, Surprise) divisions, with each team playing a 30-game schedule at Spring Training facilities like Glendale’s Camelback Ranch (spring home of the Dodgers and White Sox), Mesa’s Sloan Park (Cubs), Peoria Sports Complex (Mariners and Padres), Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (D-backs and Rockies), Scottsdale Stadium (Giants) and Surprise Stadium (Rangers and Royals).

How to buy tickets: CLICK HERE.

Tickets are $10 for an adult and $8 for seniors 55+. Children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult receive free admission. For more ticket information, fans can email ArizonaFallLeague@MLB.comClick here to read ticket terms & conditions.

They do sell season tickets for those who live in the area: Fans can purchase season passes here,  for $175 ($80 discounted rate for seniors 55+) and $120 double passes available for seniors 55+.

Who’s Playing in the Fall League from the Cardinals Organization?

Major League Baseball  announced the rosters and coaching staffs of the 2022 Arizona Fall League (AFL). Six of MLB Pipeline’s top 25 prospects, and 16 of the top 100, highlight this year’s rosters, headlined by MLB Pipeline No. 6 prospect 3B Jordan Walker (St. Louis Cardinals) and Arizona Diamondbacks No. 1 overall prospect and the No. 6 overall pick of the 2021 MLB Draft OF Jordan Lawlar (No. 13 MLB Pipeline).

Walker and Lawlar will be paired on the Salt River Rafters, following quality offensive Minor League seasons for both players (.300+ BA, 16+ HR, .900+ OPS). At the conclusion of the 2022 MiLB season, both Lawlar and Walker finished at their team’s respective Double-A club, with Lawlar promoted on three different occasions throughout the season. Walker has ties to the diversity development pipeline programs led by MLB and USA Baseball, notably the Breakthrough Series and DREAM Series. Two other Cardinals prospects from MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 also will play in the AFL – SS Masyn Winn (No. 54) and RP Tink Hence (No. 95).

The AFL will also feature the 2021 MLB Draft No. 1 Overall Pick Henry Davis (Pittsburgh Pirates), the University of Louisville product who has played at four different levels of the Minors this year and slashed a combined .265/.387/.459 with eight homers. Davis, MLB Pipeline’s No. 20 prospect, will be joined by two other Top 100 Prospects from the Pirates organization: Quinn Priester (No. 47), and Fall League returnee Nick Gonzales (No. 97).

For a complete list of AFL Players in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects: CLICK HERE.

The AFL is comprised of six teams, with each Major League organization sending seven (7) top prospects to fill the rosters. The AFL teams and their MLB affiliates will be as follows for the 2022 Fall League season:

v  Glendale Desert Dogs (Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins)

v  Mesa Solar Sox (Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays)

v  Peoria Javelinas (Cleveland Guardians, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals)

v  Salt River Rafters (Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays)

v  Scottsdale Scorpions (Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants)

v  Surprise Saguaros (Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers)

The AFL’s six coaching staffs will be managed by the following individuals, all of whom are currently Minor League Managers: Justin Jirschele (Glendale; Chicago White Sox), Bobby Crosby (Mesa; Oakland Athletics), Reid Brignac (Peoria; New York Mets), Warren Schaeffer (Salt River; Colorado Rockies), Matt Tuiasosopo (Scottsdale; Atlanta Braves) and Mickey Storey (Surprise; Houston Astros).

          MLB also announced that after testing this season in the Minor Leagues, the following new playing rules will be implemented in the Arizona Fall League: pitch timer, restriction on defensive positioning, larger bases and the Automatic Ball-Strike System (“ABS”) Challenge. This Challenge System, which allows hitters, pitchers, and catchers to challenge an umpire’s call at the plate with the ABS System, only will be tested at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and Chase Field.

The 2022 AFL season opened on Monday, October 3rd, with additional season highlights including:

v  The annual Fall Stars Game on Sunday, November 6th, which will now be preceded by the inaugural AFL Home Run Derby on Saturday, November 5th. Both events will take place at Sloan Park. The Fall Stars Game will air LIVE on MLB Network.

v  The AFL Championship Game will be played on Saturday, November 12th at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday, November 12th, LIVE on MLB Net

Tickets for the Arizona Fall League can now be purchased online through the AFL website HERE or at the box office on any game-day. Media personnel who wish to be credentialed for the 2022 AFL season can apply through under the about tab or by clicking the link HERE.



 Arizona State Fair 

Through Oct. 30: For more than a century, the Arizona State Fair has been a gathering place for residents from the far corners of the state. Filled with cute animals, blue ribbons, fried food, and all the fun carnival rides you can imagine.

Arizona State Fair & Coliseum 
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix


Mac Donald’s Ranch

Mac Donald’s Ranch

 26540 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Mac Donald’s Ranch is definitely a “must-see” if you bring your family to the Scottsdale area. it is an old-time Wild West destination and it’s especially fun in the fall with the “pumpkin patch.” Kids can go “mining for gold”, there are many kid-friendly activities and snack bars for food. With a little planning and calling ahead there is horseback riding and other old western activities.

When traveling to Phoenix there are four Drury Hotels to choose from:

Drury Hotels offers four Phoenix hotels including an airport hotel. Locations include Happy Valley, Chandler, Airport and Tempe. Just a short drive from downtown Phoenix, all hotels offer close proximity to local attractions such as Chase Field, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden and downtown Phoenix and Tempe. Enjoy free breakfast, free 5:30 Kickback®, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and more at Drury Hotels! Travel Happy® with Drury Hotels.

Which location one chooses for a trip to the ASL is based on whether you want to be near the airport, near other attractions or closest to the where the players you are watching are playing on any particular night.

Here are the choices.

  1. Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport
  2. Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center
  3. Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Happy Valley
  4. Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Tempe

***Don’t forget to use our special promocode: SPORTS when making a reservation.

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