Exciting activities on tap for TigerFest

GM Avila will discuss 2016 season with fans at event, which also will feature plenty of players

Exciting activities on tap for TigerFest

DETROIT -- Following in the tradition of his predecessor, Tigers general manager Al Avila will talk with fans about the upcoming season as part of TigerFest activities Saturday at Comerica Park. For the first time, members of the new Tigers analytics department will chat, as well.

Meanwhile, the Tigers will recreate classic game-show formats like the Newlywed Game and Family Feud with players James McCann, Tyler Collins, Blaine Hardy and Andrew Romine.

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Others on the schedule for the Tigers' annual winter warm-up event at Comerica Park include manager Brad Ausmus, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, Victor Martinez, Anibal Sanchez, Nick Castellanos, Jose Iglesias, Anthony Gose, Mark Lowe, Justin Wilson, Mike Pelfrey, Daniel Norris, Bryan Holaday, Alex Wilson, Cameron Maybin, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Drew VerHagen, Buck Farmer, Kyle Ryan, Shane Greene, Michael Fulmer, Dixon Machado, Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson and the Tigers' coaching staff.

The sold-out event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, and it will again provide a look ahead to the baseball season against the winter backdrop. Many familiar features return, such as autograph tables, photo stations, ice sculptures along the concourse, baseball-themed games and activities for kids, a walk through the Tigers' clubhouse, and a guided tour of the Ernie Harwell Media Center, a luxury suite, the Champions Club and select Tigers executive offices.

Seminars, clinics and question-and-answer sessions have been a TigerFest staple for years as well, allowing fans the chance to interact with players and decision-makers. This year's lineup features a bit of a twist, and some creative ideas designed to add personality to the stages.

Avila will take the main stage inside Comerica Park's Beer Hall, just off the Brushfire Grill, beginning at 1 p.m. He'll be joined by assistant GM David Chadd, vice president of player development Dave Littlefield and international operations director Tom Moore. Tigers radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Dickerson will emcee the 40-minute session.

Trammell and Gibson will take the stage at 1:45 p.m. to look back at 1984, then Tigers baseball operations directors Jay Sartori and Sam Menzin will join Tigers TV play-by-play man Mario Impemba at 2:15 for a look into baseball analytics.

McCann and Collins will join FOX Sports Detroit's Mickey York at 2:45 p.m. for "Who's Your Tiger," in which two fans will answer questions to see how much they know about the two players.

Upton, Saltalamacchia, Maybin, Alex Wilson, Iglesias and Gose will take part in a Tigers fan conference at 3:10 p.m. and 3:50, followed by "Tigers Feud," pairing up two fans with Hardy and Romine to answer questions.

The Kids Zone stage under the Pepsi Porch in right field will feature book readings throughout the day. A pitching clinic with new pitching coach Rich Dubee, Fulmer, Farmer and Hardy begins at 12:40 p.m. Coaches Wally Joyner, David Newhan and Dave Clark will join Collins for a hitting clinic at 2:30. In addition, Pelfrey will host a magic show at noon, as will Greene at 1:40. Holaday and Sanchez will engage in a lip sync battle at 12:20, followed by Castellanos and J.D. Martinez at 2:10.

The FOX Sports Detroit stage atop the Pepsi Porch will feature interview sessions with Victor Martinez at 11:30 a.m., Norris at 12:25 p.m., McCann at 12:55, Lowe at 2:00, J.D. Martinez at 2:35, Iglesias at 3:00, Upton at 3:35 and Machado at 4:30.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.