11/11/11 12:16 AM EST
AFL hosting Military Appreciation Game Friday
By Quinn Roberts / Special to MLB.com
That's exactly what the Arizona Fall League will do when they host the inaugural United Concordia Dental Military Appreciation Game at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday.
"We are the only professional baseball being played on Veterans Day in the States and decided to take advantage of that and salute our military," AFL executive director Steve Cobb said.
"It has been in the back of our minds for a while and something we have looked to do."
The game, which will be televised on MLB Network and streamed on MLB.com, will see the Mesa Solar Sox square off against the Salt River Rafters at 8:10 p.m. ET.
Some of the game's most highly touted prospects will be playing in the contest, including the Twins' No. 1 prospect, Aaron Hicks, the Orioles' No. 2 and 3 prospects, Xavier Avery and Joe Mahoney, and White Sox No. 3 prospect Brandon Short.
The league's top two players in total bases, Colorado's Nolan Arenado and Pittsburgh's Robbie Grossman, will also take the field. The starting pitchers will be Orioles right-hander Steve Johnson and Tigers lefty Andy Oliver.
The Solar Sox roster is comprised of players from the Cubs, Orioles, Pirates, Twins and White Sox. The five teams that make up Salt River's roster are the Astros, D-backs, Dodgers, Rockies and Tigers.
"We hope the game causes fans to pause and reflect about the men and women of our military who have paid the ultimate price," said Cobb.
Three-thousand tickets were donated to local veterans, and tickets are still available at $7 for adults and $6 for children.
"We really are hoping to build this into an annual event," Cobb said. "It is great for our league and Major League Baseball. The game being a tribute to veterans is really what it is all about."
Quinn Roberts is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.