The professional baseball league played in 43C heat – BBC News

The Rangers are at bat against the A's in Mesa, Arizona.

Want to know what a breeze feels like on a summer day in Arizona? Take a hair dryer, put it on high, and point it at your face.

At 110F (43C), beads of sweat form on exposed skin almost instantly. When the sun blazes, the heat takes a heavy toll. Walking is an effort, never mind sustained physical exertion.

And yet in Arizona, this is baseball weather. Every June, hundreds gather in spring training complexes run by Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises on the outskirts of Phoenix to play in the 10-week-long Arizona League. It’s the bottom rung of professional baseball, the farthest point from the big leagues one can inhabit while still drawing a paycheque.

The League of Fire, as it’s sometimes called, is populated by a collection of teenagers fresh out of high school, former university-level players, recent arrivals from overseas teams and veterans working their way back from injury.

They’ve received invites – or were drafted – by one of the 30 Major League baseball clubs. Housing and some meals are provided by the clubs, and players earn $1,100 (£719) a month before taxes.

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