The calendar says it's October, not March. Nevertheless, there's baseball at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (CR-G)!
As the Major League Baseball season winds to its exciting conclusion, the Dodgers and White Sox development staffs are busy grooming and teaching their most promising prospects at the teams' shared Spring Training complex in Glendale, Ariz.
Arizona Co-op League
For the third year, the Dodgers and White Sox are fielding a joint team in the Arizona Co-op League.
An unofficial league formed by farm directors of organizations that hold Spring Training in the "West Valley" of metropolitan Phoenix, the Arizona Co-op League includes three other combined clubs -- the Brewers-Mariners, the Indians-Reds and the Rangers-Royals.
Described as "our version of the old [defunct] Hawaiian Winter League" by De Jon Watson, the Dodgers' assistant general manager for player development, the Arizona Co-op League "prepares young prospects primarily from High-A and Double-A for their next challenge."
The teams play a 20-game schedule from late September to mid-October.
The Dodgers-White Sox team plays its home games in the CR-G stadium.
Fall Instructional League
The Dodgers and White Sox also field individual teams in the traditional fall Instructional League, a reward for advancing young players.
The league also provides an opportunity to occasionally keep players on the organization's 40-man roster sharp for possible callups to Major League clubs, instruction for players transitioning to a new position, innings for players who have missed time due to injuries, and instruction for prospects headed to the Arizona Fall League following their Minor League seasons.
It's all about refining skills. Games are played on the clubs' respective replica fields behind their team buildings. It's a five-week league from September through October.
Watson describes it as "a must-have. It's the opportunity to teach our core guys from an organizational standpoint."