The Desert League of Professional Baseball is an independent fall league. The season runs from late September through November with each team playing 42 regular season games. All of our players will be paid. No player will pay to play in our league – this is true professional baseball.
We are catering to the first-year pro player. Our goal is to help players get their foot in the door of professional baseball, therefore we have adopted roster rules that require each team to carry 12 rookies. If you are looking for a place to start your professional career look no further. The Desert League is a perfect fit for players that have gone undrafted out of college or players that have been released from pro organizations.
2017 Training Camp will be held on September 25-29 in Chandler, Arizona. Tryout dates coming soon!
DESERT LEAGUE TO GO WITH ALL FEMALE UMPIRES IN 2017
The Desert League announces that for the 2017 season ALL umpires will be women.
The League has come to terms with Perry Barber as Director of Umpiring and Perry will be working games the entire season along with female umpires looking to move into professional baseball.
Barber, an umpire for 32 years, has worked major league spring training games along with working in the Atlantic League for four seasons. An accomplished umpire who works up to 200 games a year around the country, Perry is a graduate of the Harry Wendelstedt Umpiring School in Florida.
Among her accomplishments off the baseball diamond is the fact that she opened for Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Hall and Oates as a musician and songwriter for ten years. She is a previous winner of the television show JEOPARDY, studied at the Sorbonne in France and continues to live in her 22-room Manhattan, New York childhood home.
“We are extremely excited in welcoming Perry to our staff,” said John Guy, Director of Operations for the league. “She brings a wealth of experience and allows us to open the door to women into baseball. The Desert League is all about inclusion and this is a beginning step to wiping out sexual prejudice in this great American sport.”
Perry will join the league for Training Camp in late September and will be behind the plate on Opening Day in Yuma October 4th at Ray Kroc Baseball Complex.
— Desert League (@DesertLeague) October 12, 2016
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