Quick update on how things are wrapping up in the AFL. Our team has had some bad luck with staying healthy this season. We have lost quite a few players due to injury, which has forced us to start playing some 7 inning games to prevent from overworking our remaining healthy pitchers. When a game is rained out during the minor league season, it is usually made up by playing two 7 inning games the following day, but we never play just one 7 inning game. These single 7 inning games definitely bring back memories from high school when that was all we played.
Seeing all of our injuries this season has really put it into perspective how fortunate I have been to stay healthy this season. Definitely something I am proud of and feel very fortunate to have been able to play as much as I have. Given the amount of injuries we have had, I think the team has really played some good baseball since my last post. We have continued to play hard and were able to pull out some tough games…it’s nice to see us finishing on a positive note. It is definitely easier to keep playing hard and competing hard when you are surrounded by an awesome group of guys. This team is a great group of people to be around, which makes coming to the field a lot of fun.
Personally my time in the fall league has been extremely productive. Im my previous posts, I alluded to some mechanical things I have worked on in my swing that are definitely starting to click. Really glad I had these extra games to get live reps and just become a better player. We only have four games left this season and things have definitely gone fast, but I could not be happier with this experience. I will probably posting at least one more time to give you guys my final thoughts on the AFL, but in the meantime if anyone has any questions or comments, feel free to contact me!
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Just giving you guys a quick update on how things are going in the AFL. So far the Scorpions are 7-15, not exactly the record we were hoping for but I definitely feel like we are a better team then our record shows. We have an extremely talented team down here and have played well in all facets of the game at times, just not necessarily all at once. Oh well, all we can do is keep playing hard and working hard, and hopefully things will turn around. We have a lot of guys playing really good baseball and it is pretty fun to see. For me personally, I have spent some time working on my swing, which is something I felt I needed to do, and I’m pretty happy with the strides I have made so far. I definitely think this has been a really good environment to get a lot of work done on the days your not playing, while also getting game reps to get some feedback on your progress. Thats really all I got on the baseball side of things, but if anyone has any questions about anything baseball related in the AFL, please feel free to ask.
One of my friends suggested that I should talk about my top three favorite restaurants in Scottsdale, so I figured I would give that a shot. Going out to dinner is one of my favorite things to do outside the baseball field, so professional baseball was a pretty good fit for me, where most of your meals are not home cooked. My favorite restaurant here so far has been Oreganos. Normally sushi is my favorite type of food to eat when I go out for dinner but out here Oreganos takes the cake. Not necessarily the healthiest choice, so I do not go there all the time but every once in a while it is incredible. My next choice would be Sapporo. They have phenomenal sushi there and most of my friends order hibachi, so I get to watch the chefs mess around on the grill while cooking their food. Finally, my third favorite would be Kona Grill, where I also order sushi. Maybe it is the food, or maybe the awesome mall that Kona Grill is in, but I really enjoy that whole experience as well. If anyone has suggestions on good places to eat, please let me know. Thats all I got for now but please give me some feedback on what you want to hear!
So far I have been having an awesome time in the AFL. The Scottsdale Scorpions have got off to a little bit of a rocky start, we are currently 3-5, but I feel like the team is starting to mesh and our best ball is ahead of us. A couple differences have really jumped out between the AFL season and the regular minor league season. Number one, the opposing pitchers usually only throw one or two innings, so you might have four at bats against four different pitchers, whereas in season you might get two or three at bats against the starter. Also, the schedule is very different. During the season you have games pretty much everyday for 6 months, but here we have every Sunday off. Definitely nice to get that break, especially where some guys have already played 140+ games this season. Although things are a bit different out here I think I am starting to get adjusted to how things work and what the routine is like out here. During the games I have felt good, and have just been working on getting my rythm and timing back. I think hitting is mostly just timing and confidence and I am starting to feel better in those areas, after having nearly a month off between the end of my regular season and the beginning of the AFL season. Well, that’s all I have for now, if you guys have any questions, please feel free to ask away. I will do my best to answer as quickly as possible. Take care.
I’m pretty sure when teams decided to have their spring training complex in Arizona, part of the reason was to take advantage of the extremely dry weather, where few games would be postponed or cancelled due to rain. In fact, my manager Arnie Beyeler told me that he had zero rain outs in all the years he came to spring training in Arizona…Well, our home opener was just cancelled due to the rain. Talk about some situational irony to start off the season for the Scottsdale Scorpions…oh well. I was looking forward to getting the season started, but the good news is we play tomorrow at 12:30, so I don’t have to wait too long to get another shot. We did get to take pre-game batting practice and infield outfield, and it was cool to see how many people were taking video and pictures of us while we were working out. Maybe that stuff just comes with the territory of playing in the AFl, or maybe it was just because it was the first game of the season. Whatever the reason, it definitely gave batting practice a different aura then I am used to, but I really enjoyed it. Well, I just found it pretty funny that our home opener was rained out in the desert and decided it was blog worthy. I promise at some point I will check back in with some actual baseball game related news.
Unlike the other three outfielders on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster, I probably do need an introduction. My name is Alex Hassan, I was born and raised in Milton, Ma. and played baseball at Duke University in college. I was drafted in the 20th round by the Boston Red Sox as a right handed pitcher. I did not sign initially, and instead went to the Cape Cod Baseball League where I pitched and played the outfield. By the end of the summer the Red Sox decided I would have a better future as an outfielder then as a right handed pitcher, which was pretty exciting for me. People always ask me where do I think I would be if I pitched instead of played the outfield and I always answer “injured”. I signed a contract in August of 2009 and have been working my way through the system ever since. This past season was my second full season in the Red Sox organization where I played the entire year in Double A Portland.
I found out I would be coming to the Arizona Fall League in August and I was immediately really excited about this opportunity. It is definitely a huge honor to be selected to play in this league, something that I know everyone here is really proud of. The thing i am probably most excited about is the opportunity to meet and talk to the coaches and great players in this league. It is always great to get to talk to other players and coaches and sort of pick their brains about their routines, or how they approach the game and what makes them successful. So far we have only had two light workouts but it feels great to be playing baseball again and hanging out with my teammates at the field. Once we start playing games there will be a lot more interesting baseball related topics, but for now I just wanted to introduce myself and let everyone know that I am really excited to have the opportunity to share my AFL experiences.