San Diego Padres Hall of Fame
The San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball team in Major League Baseball based in San Diego, California. The club was founded in 1969 as part of the league's expansion; the team's hall of fame, created in 1999 to honor the club's 30th anniversary, recognizes players and executives who have made key contributions to the franchise. Voting is conducted by a 35-member committee. Candidates must wait at least two years after retiring to be eligible for induction, though Tony Gwynn was selected during his final season in 2001 before the last game of the year, he was the Hall of Fame's first unanimous selection. There are 15 members in the team's Hall of Fame, the most recent inductee being Kevin Towers in 2018; the inductees are featured in an exhibit at Petco Park. Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones, power-hitting first baseman Nate Colbert, former owner Ray Kroc were elected to the founding class of the Padres Hall of Fame by a 24-panel committee that included 18 media members who had covered the Padres for at least seven years, four Padres representatives and one representative from the San Diego Baseball Historical Society and the Madres—a San Diego organization that promotes baseball.
When Trevor Hoffman's induction was announced in 2014, Padres president Mike Dee stated that the hall's membership needed to be expanded "for those who may have not had Hall of Fame careers like Trevor." Hoffman's induction was the first since manager Dick Williams' in 2009, as former club owners John Moores and Jeff Moorad had neglected the hall. New Padres ownership led by Ron Fowler placed a renewed organizational emphasis on the Hall of Fame, which included Hoffman's induction as well as future plans to relocate and redesign the hall's exhibit at Petco Park; the exhibit opened on July 1, 2016, at Padres Hall of Fame Plaza, located near the left field entrance of the park at the back of the Western Metal Supply Company building. The new facilities were part of the festivities for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, hosted at Petco Park; the plaza is a tribute to not only the history of the major league club, but the history of baseball in San Diego, including the Padres from the Pacific Coast League.
On the same day the plaza opened, the Padres inducted San Diego native Ted Williams into their hall of fame. He played for the PCL Padres in 1936 and 1937, is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame; the Hall of Fame Plaza at Petco was to be named in honor of then-MLB commissioner Bud Selig, but the Padres reconsidered after negative reaction from the media and fans. Plans for the plaza included eventual statues of Padres greats. Breitbard Hall of Fame, San Diego sports hall of fame General"San Diego Padres Uniform Numbers". Baseball-reference.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2014. Specific Padres Hall of Fame at padres.mlb.com
Cody Marshall Decker is an American professional baseball player for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He has played for the San Diego Padres in Major League Baseball. A right-handed power hitter, he plays first base, third base, left field, can catch. Playing for Santa Monica High School in California, Decker batted.490 and was Ocean League MVP his senior year. Playing college baseball for UCLA, he led the Pac-10 in home runs with 21 during his senior year in 2009, was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection, ended his college career tied for 7th on UCLA's all-time home run list with 47. Decker was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 22nd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft; that summer he batted.354 and led the Arizona League in home runs, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage, had the best fielding percentage for a first baseman. He was named a Topps Post-Season All Star. In 2010, he was seventh in RBIs, he was named an MiLB.com San Diego Organization All Star and MiLB.com Short-Season Best Hitter of the Year.
In 2012, he was third in slugging percentage. That fall he played for the Israel national baseball team in the qualifying rounds of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. In 2014, Decker tied for fourth in the Pacific Coast League in home runs, led all Padres minor leaguers in homers, tied for third among Padres minor leaguers in RBIs, he was named a 2014 MiLB.com San Diego Organization All Star. In 2015, he was a PCL mid-season All Star, an MiLB.com San Diego Organization All Star. Decker made his Major League debut on September 14, 2015, after 2,566 at bats in 761 games over seven seasons in the minor leagues. At the time, his 154 home runs in the minors were the most by any MLB-affiliated minor league player since he was drafted in 2009, he played for Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Decker was born in Santa Monica, is Jewish, his parents are Jay and Terri Decker, he has an older brother and an older sister. He attended Santa Monica High School in California. There, playing first base, third base, catcher he batted.490 over three seasons, was a three-time All Bay League pick.
In 2005, Decker was Ocean League MVP, Division IV Southern Section All-CIF first-team, named to the Los Angeles Times All-South Bay/Westside Region team. Decker attended the University of California, Los Angeles on a baseball scholarship, where he majored in History, minored in Film, was a designated hitter, first baseman, left fielder for the UCLA Bruins baseball team. In his sophomore year in 2007, he was 3rd in the Pac-10 in home runs with 14, he led the Pac-10 in home runs with 21 during his senior year in 2009, was 3rd in walks, 5th in runs, 6th in RBIs. Decker was the first hitter since Eric Byrnes to hit at least five homers in each of his four college seasons, ended his college career tied with Ryan McGuire for 7th on UCLA's all-time home run list with 47, he was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection, in 2007 and 2009. Decker was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 22nd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, he said his after-tax signing bonus was $638. In 2009, he batted.354 and led the Arizona League in home runs, RBIs, extra-base hits, total bases, slugging percentage, OPS, was 2nd in hits, 4th in runs and on base percentage, had the best fielding percentage for a first baseman, while playing for the Arizona League Padres.
Decker was named the AZL Most Valuable Player, a Topps Short-Season/Rookie All Star, Topps Post-Season All Star. In 2010, Decker was fourth in the California League in home runs, sixth in doubles, seventh in RBIs, ninth in walks, with the High-A Lake Elsinore Storm, he was named an MiLB.com San Diego Organization All Star and MiLB.com Short-Season Best Hitter of the Year with the Arizona League Padres, voted California League Player of the Week on August 30, 2010, with the Storm. Decker missed nearly three months of the 2011 season with a severe third-degree right ankle sprain, though he hit 15 home runs in 59 games, 13 of them in AA. In 2012, Decker finished second in the Texas League in home runs, third in slugging percentage, tenth in RBIs with the AA San Antonio Missions. In addition, he was twice named Texas League Player of the Week, on May 7 and May 14. Decker split the 2013 season between San Tucson, hitting 19 home runs with 70 RBIs, he was third in the Pacific Coast League in slugging percentage.
In 2014, Decker tied for fourth in the Pacific Coast League in home runs with 27 for the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas, led all Padres minor leaguers in homers. He tied for third among Padres minor leaguers in RBIs, with 79, he was named a 2014 MiLB.com San Diego Organization All Star. In 2015, he was a PCL mid-season All Star with El Paso, an MiLB.com San Diego Organization All Star. Decker had the fourth-best home run/at bat ratio in the league, with a homer every 17.78 at bats. On May 11, 2015, he was voted PCL Player of the Week. Through 2015, he was the all-time minor league home run leader for the Padres, with 154. Sam Geaney, the Padres Director of Player Development, described him as "big-time right-handed power." Afterwards, newspaper El Paso Times called him "the most popular play
Jacob Edward Peavy is an American professional baseball pitcher, a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants, he throws right-handed. While with the Padres, he won the 2007 NL Cy Young Award after recording the Pitching Triple Crown that year, he was traded from the White Sox to the Red Sox in 2013 and helped them to a World Series title that season. One year he was traded to the San Francisco Giants, where he helped them win a World Series title in the season, he became the first starting pitcher in Major League history to win two consecutive World Series with two teams in two leagues, including being traded by his former team at the trade deadline. He is one of seven players in MLB history to have won back-to back World Series championships on different teams, the other six being Ben Zobrist, Jack Morris, Bill Skowron, Clem Labine, Don Gullett, Ryan Theriot. Peavy wore the number 44 throughout his career.
When he was traded to the San Francisco Giants, he took number 43, as 44 was retired in honor of Willie McCovey. After struggling in the middle of the 2014 season, he changed to 22. Peavy was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 15th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball draft out of high school, he was named the high school player of the year in the state of Alabama. Peavy declined an offer to pitch for Auburn University in order to accept the Padres' contract offer. Peavy pitched for the Arizona League Padres and the Idaho Falls Braves in 1999 and the Fort Wayne Wizards in 2000. In 2001, Peavy played with the Mobile BayBears, he split the 2002 season between the San Diego Padres. Peavy was called up from Double-A to make his major league debut on June 22, 2002 against the New York Yankees at Qualcomm Stadium, he lost the game, allowing one run on 3 hits in 6 innings while striking out 4. In total, Peavy had 6 wins and 7 losses with a 4.52 earned run average and 90 strikeouts. The Padres were in the cellar of the NL West.
In his sophomore season, Peavy started 32 games, with a 4.11 earned run average, a 12–11 record, 156 strikeouts. The Padres finished last in their division again at a 64–98 record. During his third year of major league experience in 2004, Peavy emerged as the Padres' ace starting pitcher and one of the best pitchers in baseball, he compiled a 15–6 record, struck out 173 in 166 innings, led Major League Baseball with a 2.27 ERA. He became the youngest pitcher to win an ERA title since Dwight Gooden in 1985. On September 17, 2004, Peavy allowed Barry Bonds' 700th career home run. On March 5, 2005 he signed a four-year, $14.5 million contract and held a club option for 2009 extension with the Padres. During the 2005 season, Peavy was selected for the National League All-Star team and ended the regular season leading the National League in strikeouts with 216, he was second in the majors to Minnesota's Johan Santana. In addition he finished the season with a 13–7 record, 2.88 ERA, a strikeout-to-walk ratio of over 4:1 and WHIP of 1.044.
After the Padres won the National League West in 2005, Peavy missed the rest of the season with a broken rib, which he suffered while celebrating. Peavy was the captain of Team USA in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, held in San Diego, he started the opening game for the U. S. a 2–0 win over Mexico, giving up just one hit and no runs over three innings. He did not factor in the decision in the second-round game against Japan, as he gave up three runs in five innings in a game that the U. S. won, 4–3. In 2006, Peavy got off to a rocky start, in part due to mechanical adjustments brought on by various off-season injuries. Although Peavy would go only 11–14 with a 4.09 ERA, he still managed to finish second in the National League in strikeouts with 215, one shy of both his 2005 league-leading total and of the 2006 NL strikeout leader, Aaron Harang who logged 32 more innings than Peavy. In the playoffs, the Padres again faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round; as the game one starter, Peavy had a much stronger outing than his 2005 playoff game, but the Padres again lost to the Cardinals.
On July 1, 2007, for the second time in his career, Peavy was named to the 2007 NL All-Star Team. On July 9, he was named as the starting pitcher for the NL. On August 2, Peavy struck out Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jeff DaVanon, for his 1000th career strikeout. Peavy won the pitching Triple Crown in 2007, leading the National League with 19 wins, 240 strikeouts, a 2.54 ERA. Since the divisional play era started in 1969, Peavy is only the eighth player to accomplish this feat. On October 23, Peavy won the Players Choice Award for Outstanding NL Pitcher, he added the NL Cy Young award—as a unanimous choice—on November 15, becoming just the 10th National League player in history to win the Cy Young Award in a unanimous vote. The completion of the 2007 campaign represented Peavy's sixth year in the league. Over that six-year period Peavy collected two strikeout champion awards, two major league ERA titles, a unanimous, triple-crown Cy Young Award. On December 12, 2007, he signed a 4-year extension, worth $52 million with the Padres.
At the time the contract was the largest in Padres history. The contract included a $22 million option for 2013. On April 5, 2008, Peavy pitched a two-hit complete game over the Los Angeles Dodgers; the following day, still-images from FOX sports video feed from the game showed a dirty, brown substance on the index and middle fingers, along with his thumb. Manager Bud Black defended Peavy saying that "it was a
Peoria Sports Complex
The Peoria Sports Complex is a baseball complex located in Peoria, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, near Peoria's main shopping district on Bell Road. It consists of 12 practice fields, it is one of six facilities to host Arizona Fall League games. The capacity is of the Peoria Stadium is 12,000. During spring training, it is the home stadium of both the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners, who play in the spring training Cactus League. Both teams are leased to hold spring training there through the year 2034; the complex has been a site of the Vans Warped Tour every summer since 2002. Official website
Derrek Leon Lee, or "D-Lee", is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. Lee played with the San Diego Padres, the Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates, he throws right-handed. Lee was a World Series Champion with Florida in 2003, he won the National League batting title in 2005, he was a two-time All-Star selection, won the Gold Glove Award three times. Lee was born on September 6, 1975. Leon Lee is his father and Leron Lee is his uncle; each of them played professional baseball in Japan. During his elementary years Lee lived in Japan, during his high school years he lived there during his summer breaks. Lee was born in California. Lee played Little League Baseball at Whitney Little League and graduated from El Camino High School in 1993. Lee was drafted in the first round of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres, made his major league debut on April 28, 1997. Traded, along with prospects, to the Florida Marlins a year for Kevin Brown, Lee was a member of the 2003 World Series Marlins championship team.
Lee won his first Gold Glove during the 2003 championship season and his spectacular grab and unassisted putout on a hard hit Hideki Matsui one-hop line drive snuffed out a Yankees rally and ended Game 5 of the World Series with a Marlins victory. The Marlins went on to win the World Series in Game 6. Lee was traded to the Cubs for Hee-seop Choi, he hit.278 with 98 RBIs in his first year with the Cubs. In 2005, Lee had a career first half of the season, with an MLB-leading.376 batting average, 72 RBIs, a tie for the major league lead in home runs with 27. The Cubs had traded superstar Sammy Sosa, one of their best hitters, before the 2005 season. Lee showed early on that he could more than compensate for the loss, while Sosa had a disappointing 2005 season with the Baltimore Orioles, Lee had a career year. By midseason, he was among MLB's leaders in each of the triple crown categories: batting average, home runs, RBIs. Lee hit his 200th career home run on August 2005, off Florida Marlins starter Josh Beckett.
He finished the year with a career-best 46 HR. His.335 batting average was the highest by a Cub since Bill Madlock's.339 in 1976 and made him the first Cub since Bill Buckner in 1980 to win a National League batting title. He won the Gold Glove at first base that year. Lee was named to the U. S. roster for the 2006 World Baseball Classic, where he was the first player to hit a home run for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. On April 10, 2006, Lee signed a five-year, $65 million extension with the Chicago Cubs; the deal replaced his contract for the 2006 season and extended him as the Cubs' first baseman through the 2010 season and included a no-trade clause. He broke his wrist less than two weeks in a collision involving baserunner Rafael Furcal, he missed 59 games due to the injury; the Cubs posted a 19–40 record during Lee's stint on the disabled list. Lee went back on the disabled list with a post-traumatic inflammation in the outer bone of the medial side of the wrist. In 2008, Lee hit 20 home runs, 90 RBIs and had a.291 batting average as the Cubs had the best regular-season record in the National League, leading the Cubs to the NL central championship losing in the NLDS to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0.
In 2009, Lee ranked ninth in the voting for NL MVP, as he had a.306 batting average, hit for 35 home runs and 111 RBIs. On June 9, 2010, Lee hit his 300th career home run in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. On June 25, 2010, Lee was involved in a dugout altercation with Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano after the pitcher gave up four runs in the first inning and blamed Lee for failing to field a sharply-hit lead-off double. Zambrano was suspended for his behavior. In late July 2010 Lee used his five rights to veto a trade to the Los Angeles Angels. On August 18, 2010, with his approval, was traded to the Atlanta Braves for minor league pitching prospects Robinson Lopez, Tyrelle Harris, Jeffrey Lorick. Lee began to serve as the Braves' starting first baseman on August 20, 2010, including postseason play in the NLDS. Lee was signed from free agency to a one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles for the 2011 season, he played in 85 games with the struggling Orioles, batting.246 with 12 home runs and 41 runs batted in.
On July 30, 2011, Lee was traded to the Pirates for minor league Class A first baseman Aaron Baker and cash considerations. Lee hit two home runs in his first game as a Pirate, he was hit by a pitch and broke a bone in his left wrist on August 3, missed most of the next month, but finished the season productively as the Pittsburgh first baseman. Playing in 28 games as a Pirate in 2011, Lee batted.337 with 18 RBIs. Lee is the son of Leon Lee. Leon never did play professionally in Japan. Today, he is a scout for Major League Baseball and, coincidentally, he was the scout who "found" Hee-Seop Choi, traded for his son. Lee is the nephew of former Major League outfielder Leron Lee, who played eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Dodgers and Padres, he works with the Cincinnati Reds as an advising batting coach to scouted players. In September 2006, Lee's three-year-old daughter Jada was diagnosed with Leber's congenital amaurosis, a rare genetic disease resulting in loss of vision. Lee and Boston Celtics co-owner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck with the University of Iowa established Project 3000 in an effort to eradicate the disease, which affects both their families.
Lee guest starred in an episode of NBC's drama series ER, "Gravity"
Mathew Adam Latos is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres from 2009 through 2011, the Cincinnati Reds from 2012 through 2014, the Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2015, the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals in 2016, the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017. Born in Alexandria, Latos' family moved to Florida when he was young, he played baseball at Coconut Creek High School, where he became one of the best high school players in the state. Regarded for his talent before the 2006 MLB draft, he fell to the 11th round due to questions about his maturity. After pitching at Broward College for a season, he was signed by the San Diego Padres for a $1.25 million bonus. He debuted for the Padres in 2009, established himself in their starting rotation; the Reds traded four players, including three prospects. Latos suffered a knee injury in 2014.
The Marlins traded for Latos before the 2015 season and traded him to the Dodgers in July 2015. He signed with the White Sox for 2016, but was released during the season, finished the year with the Nationals, he appeared for the Blue Jays in 2017. Latos is the only child born to Rich Latos, he is from Alexandria, Virginia. When Latos was 12 years old, his grandfather insisted that he play in a baseball tournament rather than stay at his bedside the day he died. Latos attended Coconut Creek High School in Coconut Creek, despite being recruited to attend high schools with more prestigious baseball programs, he was named the ace starting pitcher of the Coconut Creek baseball team's as a freshman. That year, he pitched to a 3–4 win–loss record and a 3.68 earned run average, with 41 strikeouts and 26 walks in 39 2⁄3 innings pitched. His fastball reached 88 to 89 miles per hour, he improved his fastball command and velocity as a sophomore, reaching 93 miles per hour and his statistics improved to a 5–2 record, a 1.23 ERA, 89 strikeouts, 21 walks in 68 innings.
Heading into his junior year, Latos improved his training diet. He pitched to a 7–4 record with a 0.76 ERA as a junior with 128 strikeouts and 17 walks in 83 innings. Eleven of his thirteen starts were complete games. Coconut Creek reached the regional quarterfinals, Latos was named an Aflac All-American and All-Broward County by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald. By his senior year, Latos could throw his fastball as high as 98 miles per hour, he was an honorable mention by the Florida Sports Writers Association for the All-State team. As a senior, Latos had a 0.64 ERA in 69 2⁄3 innings pitched. He appeared in the Broward County Athletics Association All-Star Game, was named South Florida Sun-Sentinel's player of the year. Latos committed to attend the University of Oklahoma to play college baseball for the Oklahoma Sooners baseball team. However, many scouts expected Latos to be a first-round pick in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. SchoolSports.com ranked Latos the fifth best high school pitcher available in the 2006 Major League Baseball draft.
The San Diego Padres selected Latos in the 11th round. He fell in the draft since his personality made him difficult to handle in high school, as he was considered immature, yelled at teammates who made errors and reacted poorly when the umpire made a call he disagreed with. After the draft, Latos demanded a $3 million signing bonus from the Padres; when the Padres did not meet his demands, Latos enrolled at Broward College, a junior college, to pitch for their baseball team. As the Padres retained the right to sign Latos until the start of the 2007 MLB draft, the Padres sent scout Joe Bochy to observe every start Latos made. Latos had a 10–3 win–loss record and a 2.03 ERA. Feeling that Latos was worth the gamble, the Padres paid Latos $1.25 million a few days before he would have re-entered the draft in 2007. Latos started his professional career in minor league baseball with the Eugene Emeralds, the Padres' Class A-Short Season affiliate in the Northwest League, in 2007. Pitching in 16 games for Eugene, Latos had a 1–4 record and a 3.83 ERA.
In 2008, Latos started the season with the Fort Wayne Wizards of the Class A Midwest League, but missed playing time during the season due to abdominal and shoulder injuries. The Padres invited Latos to spring training in 2009, but he suffered a minor ankle sprain that limited his appearances. Latos started the 2009 season in Fort Wayne, allowed only one run in four starts, he was promoted to the San Antonio Missions of the Class AA Texas League. At San Antonio, Latos had a 5–1 win–loss record, threw five perfect innings in his last start for San Antonio on July 9. Between Fort Wayne and San Antonio, Latos had an 8–1 record, a 1.38 ERA, 73 strikeouts, a.168 batting average against. The Padres named Latos their Padres Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May. Latos was selected to play in the 2009 All-Star Futures Game, threw one scoreless inning; the Padres promoted Latos to make his major league debut on July 19, 2009, against the Colorado Rockies. In his major league debut, Latos pitched four innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out four, while throwing 75 pitches.
He recorded his first major league win on July 24. Latos became the first pitcher in Padres history to win four of his first five career starts. Latos made ten starts for the Padres in 2009, pitching to a 4–5 record and a 4.68 ERA. On May 13, 2010, Latos threw a complete game shutout against the
The Arizona League is a rookie-level Minor League Baseball league that operates in and around Phoenix, United States, run by Major League Baseball since 1988. Along with the Gulf Coast League, it forms the lowest rung of the North American minor league system. Games are not marketed to the general public, spectators may attend for free. Games are played at the spring training complexes of the teams' parent organizations from mid-June until the end of August; every Cactus League team fields an Arizona League team with the exception of the Colorado Rockies. Night games are played in the spring training stadium, though games may be played at the team's practice fields; the regular season is 56 games, with a 35-player roster limit. Players must not have more than three years of previous minor league experience to be eligible to play. Major league players on rehabilitation assignments have appeared in the league. Teams consist of players signed from countries such as the Dominican Republic and Venezuela along with drafted high school and college players from the United States and Puerto Rico, are owned by their parent clubs.
Most of the players have just been selected in that year's entry draft, two to three weeks before the league begins its season. The league is where major league players go for their first rehab assignments. No official attendance records are kept as there is no paid admittance fee, no concessions are sold. Bob Richmond is the league president; the league offices are in Idaho. The league began play in 1988 on an experimental basis with four teams playing a 60-game schedule. Games were scheduled in the morning in order to make sure the league did not compete with the Phoenix Firebirds AAA-level team; the Phoenix Diamondbacks debuted in 1996, the first affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks to start playing professional baseball, two years before their parent club joined the major leagues. A crowd of 6,124 attended the Diamondbacks' first game on June 25, 1996, a 15-7 loss to the Phoenix Athletics. A number of local dignitaries were including Buck Showalter and Jerry Colangelo; the Colorado Rockies started their rookie league team a year before starting major league play as well in 1992, sharing a team with the Cubs.
The team, composed of the Rockies' first-ever draft picks, received a different level of notoriety than the Diamondbacks for their first rookie league game: as the players wore either Rockies jerseys or Cubs jerseys, the team did not have their uniform pants ready at the start of the season, had to borrow pants from the Cubs. Between 1998 and 2000 an unaffiliated team composed of young players from the Mexican League played out of the Tucson Electric Park spring training complex, in part to add a fourth team to a southern division. Three Tucson-based teams would leave the league after the 2000 season due to travel concerns, followed by the White Sox two years later. All three teams have since relocated their spring training complexes to the Phoenix metropolitan area and the Diamondbacks and White Sox have reinstated their rookie league team. Prior to 1998, the league champion was the team with best record over the course of the season. Since 1998 the season has been split into two half-seasons.
From 1998 to 2008, the teams with the best records in each half faced off to decide the league champion. If the same team won both halves, they were automatically crowned champions. In 2009, the league split into two divisions, an alignment, used through the 2012 season; the two teams in each division with the best record in each half-season played off for the division championship, the winners advanced to the final. If the same team won their division in both halves, they advanced directly to the final; the league's current playoff format has been used since the league realigned into three divisions in 2013. The six teams who win their division in the first and second half of the season qualify for the playoffs. If a team wins both halves, the next best team in that division by overall record qualifies for the playoffs; the top two teams by overall record receive a bye to the semifinals. All playoff games are single elimination, with the exception of a best-of-3 final. Arizona League teams are not referred to by their home city, but instead are assigned a generic prefix by minor league baseball.
Historical league directories, team dictionaries, newspaper articles show city names have been used instead of a prefix. Arizona League Cardinals Arizona League Mariners/Red Sox Tucson Mexican All-Stars Arizona League Rockies Arizona League Rockies/Cubs Arizona League Royals 1 and Arizona League Royals 2 Finals opponent in parentheses, if applicable. Source: Baseball awards § U. S. minor leagues Arizona League Official Website