DETROIT -- The Tigers still have a couple of months before they take the field for Spring Training, but they'll do their part to cut through the chill of the Michigan winter by welcoming fans back to Comerica Park for TigerFest on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
A full list of players scheduled to come to town won't be out until January, but the vast majority of the Tigers' roster -- including many stars like Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera -- is expected to attend. Maybe as big, it'll be the first chance for many fans to meet new manager and former Tigers catcher Brad Ausmus, along with his new coaching staff.
The schedule of events is familiar. Players and coaches will sign autographs in several booths set up around the park, including a kids-only line. The visiting clubhouse will feature a player photo area for fans to have their picture taken with their favorite Tigers stars. Self-guided tours will take fans into the Tigers executive offices, Ernie Harwell Media Center, luxury suite area and Champions Club. The underground batting tunnel will open for fans to take a few swings.
Activities for kids include a miniature Comerica Park stage featuring Tigers player book readings, games and activities, as well as free face-painting, baseball-themed games and a video game bullpen.
The main stage returns, including question-and-answer sessions with Ausmus and the new coaching staff, as well as members of the front office. The session with team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski has become an annual state-of-the-franchise type of session, answering fan questions about offseason moves, but the highlight will be one of the first chances for fans to ask questions of Ausmus.
The Tigers have tried to take away some of the winter chill by covering and heating access areas inside Comerica Park, but fans are always encouraged to dress for the weather.
Tickets for TigerFest cost $25 for adults and $14 for kids ages 12 and under. They'll go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. online at tigers.com/tigerfest, and by phone at 866-66-TIGER.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.