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About the Arizona Fall League

Hall of Fame

The Arizona Fall League, regarded throughout professional baseball as the "graduate school" for the Major Leagues' top prospects, has had over 1,200 players who came through the league reach the Majors. In addition, 18 former Fall League managers/players have gone on to manage a Major League club. With such a high number of talented players and managers to choose from, the selection of the Hall of Fame inductees is difficult.

To qualify for consideration for this prestigious honor, a player must have achieved recognition at the Major League level as a Rookie of the Year, a league MVP, an All-Star or a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger Award winner. Players meeting these criteria are placed on the AFL Hall of Fame ballot for consideration by the AFL Selection Committee, comprised of baseball executives who have participated in the Fall League's growth over the past 14 years.

Here are the inductees of the AFL Hall of Fame, listed by year:

2001
Nomar Garciaparra
The Boston Red Sox shortstop played for the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994. He went on to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 1997, and won batting titles in 1999 and 2000.
Derek Jeter
The Yankee shortstop and captain played in the 1994 AFL season for the Chandler Diamondbacks and won the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 1996. He won both the All-Star Game and World Series MVP Awards in 2000.
Mike Piazza
Piazza was a part of the first AFL class, in 1992, playing for the Sun City Solar Sox. He became the first of 10 AFL alumni to win Rookie of the Year honors, earning the NL award in 1993. The perennial All-Star won the Midsummer Classic's MVP Award in 1996.
Dusty Baker
The first manager enshrined in the AFL Hall of Fame, Baker got his managerial feet wet with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1992. The following year he took the helm of the San Francisco Giants, the team he guided to the 2002 World Series before leaving to take over the Chicago Cubs.
2002
Jason Giambi
Giambi played on the 1994 AFL champion Peoria Javelinas. He has gone on to win the AL MVP in 2000 with the Oakland A's and wsa just the ninth player in MLB history to increase his batting average in six or more consecutive seasons.
Jerry Manuel
Managing in 1994, Manuel led Maryvale to an Eastern Division crown. He served as Felipe Alou's third base coach from 1991-96, then was Jim Leyland's bench coach on the 1997 World Series-winning Florida Marlins. He took over as the Chicago White Sox' skipper in 1998.
2003
Shawn Green
Green spent time with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1993. He spent his first full season in the majors in 1995 and has since gone to two All-Star Games, won a Gold Glove and hit 40+ homers three times.
Todd Helton
Helton played for Peoria in 1996. He finished second to Kerry Wood in NL Rookie of the Year voting and has hit well over .300 ever season in his career, driving in 100 or more runs for five consecutive seasons.
Mike Scioscia
Scioscia skippered the Peoria Javelinas to a championship in 1997. The team set an AFL record with a .317 batting average and led the AFL that season in ERA. After one season of managing in the Pacific Coast League in 1999, Scioscia took over as manager of the Anaheim Angels in 2000, leading them to a World Series Championship in 2002.
2004
Garret Anderson
Anderson played for the 1993 Tempe Rafters as a standout outfielder. In 2003, Anderson became the first player ever to win the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game Most Valuable Player at the same Midsummer Classic. He also led the Angels to the 2002 World Series Championship.
Albert Pujols
Pujols played for the 2000 Scottsdale Scorpions as a stellar third baseman. He has been selected to the Major League All-Star Game multiple times and has finished in the top five in voting for the National League Most Valuable Player voting in each of his first four seasons.
Tony Peña
Peña managed the Maryvale Saguaros club in 2000. The team was comprised of top prospects from the Astros, Brewers, Expos, Phillies and Yankees organizations. In 2003, Peña was named the American League Manager of the Year as skipper of the Kansas City Royals.
2005
Troy Percival
Percival pitched for the 1992 Scottsdale Scorpions as a stellar closer. He holds the distinction of being the first former AFL pitcher to record over 300 saves at the Major League level. Percival was the first former AFL pitcher elected to the AFL Hall Of Fame.
Terry Francona
Francona has served the AFL twice: First as a Coach of the 1992 Grand Canyon Rafters and his second stint as Field Manager of the 1994 Scottsdale Scorpions. His 1994 Scottsdale team showcased notable players such as Nomar Garciaparra, Joe Randa, Michael Tucker and Michael Jordan.
2006
Roy Halladay
A four-time American League All-Star (2002-03, '05-06), Halladay, who hurled for the Grand Canyon Rafters in 1998, is the first AFL pitcher to win a Major League Cy Young Award. He joins Troy Percival as the only two pitchers in the AFL Hall of Fame. Halladay was the 2003 American League Cy Young winner.
Grady Little
Little managed the Grand Canyon Rafters during the Arizona Fall League's inaugural season of 1992 en route to becoming the first former AFL manager to win 1,000 games in the Minor Leagues. He has completed his 33rd year in professional baseball as a manager, coach, or player as the first-year manager of the Dodgers. He also skippered the Boston Red Sox in 2002-03. Little's 93 wins with the 2002 BoSox were the most by a rookie Major League manager since 1980.
Alfonso Soriano
Soriano is the first AFL player to post a either a 40/40 or a 30/30 season (home runs/stolen bases) in the Major Leagues. Soriano made his U.S. professional debut in the 1998 AFL after signing with the Yankees. In 34 games for the Grand Canyon Rafters, he hit .254 with six homers and 28 RBIs. He was third in the AFL with 17 extra-base hits and fourth in RBIs. Soriano was named AFL Player of the Week twice. Soriano reached 200 home runs and 200 stolen bases in fewer games (929) than any player in baseball history. The five-time All-Star became the fourth player ever to reach the rarefied air of a "40/40" campaign in 2006, while also breaking the Nationals/Expos single-season franchise record for home runs in a season, previously held by Vladimir Guerrero.
2007
Jermaine Dye
The 2005 World Series MVP and a two-time American League All-Star (2000, 2006), Dye played for the Sun Cities Solar Sox in 1995 and was named one of Baseball Arizona's Top-10 prospects.
Torii Hunter
In the Majors, Hunter is regarded as one of the slickest fielding outfielders in the game, having earned AL Gold Gloves in each of his first full seasons (2001-2006) and adding two All-Star selections to his resume (2002, 2007). Hunter played for Phoenix in 1998.
Derrek Lee
Two-time NL All-Star (2005, 2007) Derrek Lee has been an all-around force in the Major Leagues, having already won a batting title (.335 in 2005), winning a pair of Gold Gloves at first base (2003, 2005) and helping lead the Cubs to a pair of division titles (2003, 2007). Lee was with Sun City in 1995 and '96, earning a place on the Baseball Arizona All-Star team in his second season.
Ken Macha
Ken Macha managed the A's for four seasons, leading them to the AL West title twice (2003, 2006). Macha, who managed Tempe in 1994, joins Dusty Baker, Terry Francona, Grady Little, Jerry Manuel, Tony Pena and Mike Scioscia, who were elected based on their resumes as managers.
2008
Jimmy Rollins
Rollins, the fifth AFL alumnus to become a Major League MVP, played for the Maryvale Saguaros in 2000. In his breakout 2007 MVP season, Rollins led the Phillies to the National League East title and first postseason spot since 1993, nabbed Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, and became the first player in history to collect at least 200 hits, 30 homers, 15 triples and 25 stolen bases in a season.
Eric Wedge
Wedge, the manager of the Cleveland Indians, played for the AFL's Tucson Javelinas in 1993, when he was a catcher in the Rockies' system. He helped the Javelinas compile the league's best record that season, before they were beaten by the Tempe Rafters in the championship.
2009
Brian Giles
Giles, who was named to the AFL's Team of the Decade (1990s) in 2001, played for the Sun Cities Solar Sox in 1994, after his sixth Minor League season. Drafted in the 17th round of the 1989 First-Year Player Draft by the Cleveland Indians, he appeared in 753 Minor League games (789 hits, 2,573 at bats, .307 average) before his first full Major League season in 1997. Giles went on to become a two-time All-Star in his 15-year big league career, batting .291 with 1,897 hits, 287 home runs and 1,078 RBIs.
2010
Chris Carpenter
Carpenter played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in 1996 and is one of three AFL alumni to win a Cy Young Award (fellow AFL Hall of Famer Roy Halladay and Brandon Webb are the others). He is also just the third pitcher inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame, along with Halladay and Troy Percival. Carpenter took home Cy honors in '05 after going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA. He's made two All-Star teams and had the highest winning percentage (.729) among all big league starters from 2004-2007. The right-hander has also twice won Comeback Player of the Year honors, in 2004 and '09.
Michael Young
Young, who played for the Grand Canyon Rafters in 2000, won the American League batting title in 2005, hitting .331. He also topped the league in hits (221) and multi-hit games (66). The infielder had five straight seasons of at least 200 hits from 2003-07, and has hit better than .300 for his 11-year Major League career.
2011
Ryan Howard
Howard, a 2004 Phoenix Desert Dog, is the fastest player to 250 home runs in Major League history (855 games). He also is one of nine former Fall Leaguers to win a Major League Most Valuable Player Award. The St. Louis, Mo., native was the National League MVP in 2006, his first full season in the big leagues, when he led the league with 58 home runs, 149 RBIs and 383 total bases while batting .313 and winning the league's Silver Slugger Award for first basemen.
Paul Konerko
Konerko, who played for the 1996 Sun Cities Solar Sox, is a five-time American League All-Star (2002, '05-06, '10-11) and the 2004 AL Comeback Player of the Year. In 2005, the Scottsdale, Ariz., product was named the American League Champsionship Series MVP and shortly thereafter became the first player in World Series history to hit a grand slam in the seventh inning or later that turned a deficit into a lead.