Ed Odeven Reporting

Basically, I spent a fun-filled afternoon eavesdropping and listening very carefully to everything possible for this column in late November 2004 for the Arizona Daily Sun.

By Ed Odeven

MESA – If your autumn days and nights are consumed by football, football and more football, here’s what you’ve missed over the last several weeks: Arizona Fall League baseball.

It’s this writer’s notion that the AFL is Arizona’s hidden sports gem, spring training without the long lines. No split-squad games. No sellout crowds. No annoying throng of autograph-demanding fans.

The AFL, which wrapped up its 13th season last week, gives top prospects a chance to hone their skills after the regular season ends. It’s a six-team league, with games played at spring training stadiums around the Valley. Each of the big leagues’ 30 clubs provides players for the league.

On a recent weekday afternoon, I traveled to Mesa’s HoHoKam Park to…

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