Not ready to give up on baseball yet? It's understandable. Back East, the start of the season in the spring is a sweet harbinger of good weather. That effect is reproduced here by the approach of the Arizona Fall League. The 2000 season gets rolling on Tuesday, October 3. Regarded as a sort of "grad school" for the Bigs, AFL teams will play most days (all Mondays, and Thursday, October 5, excepted) through Sunday, November 19, at the following venues:
Phoenix Desert Dogs, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 5999 East Van Buren.
Scottsdale Scorpions, also at Scottsdale Stadium.
Opening-day match-ups include: the Desert Dogs and the Javelinas at Peoria, and the Saguaros and the Solar Sox at HoHoKam Park; both games start at 1:05 p.m. The Rafters and Mookie Wilson's Scorpions play at the venue they share, Scottsdale Stadium, at 7:05 p.m. On Wednesday, October 4, the Rafters play the Saguaros at Maryvale at 1:05 p.m.; the Javelinas play the Scorpions at Scottsdale, and the Solar Sox play the Desert Dogs at Phoenix Municipal at 7:05 p.m. For details go to www.majorleaguebaseball.com and click on "Arizona Fall League," or call 480-496-6700.