TORONTO -- If the Blue Jays have visions of turning Winter Fest into one of their signature annual events, then Wednesday's lineup reveal marked a pretty good start.There will be 45 current players, prospects and Blue Jays alumni in attendance at Rogers Centre on Jan. 20. Front-office executives and personnel
TORONTO -- If the Blue Jays have visions of turning Winter Fest into one of their signature annual events, then Wednesday's lineup reveal marked a pretty good start.
There will be 45 current players, prospects and Blue Jays alumni in attendance at Rogers Centre on Jan. 20. Front-office executives and personnel will also be on hand for a wide-ranging fan festival that includes autographs, interactive experiences and live entertainment.
Marcus Stroman, Russell Martin, Kevin Pillar, Kendrys Morales and Devon Travis are among the current players taking part in the inaugural event. Others include: Anthony Alford, Danny Barnes, Joe Biagini, Ezequiel Carrera, Aledmys Diaz, Teoscar Hernandez, Luke Maile, Tim Mayza, Steve Pearce, Dalton Pompey and Dennis Tepera.
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Just as compelling for Blue Jays fans will be the return of their favorite players from previous eras. Roberto Alomar, J.P. Arencibia, Jesse Barfield, George Bell, Homer Bush, Jose Cruz Jr., Juan Guzman, Pat Hentgen, Lloyd Moseby, Willie Upshaw, Duane Ward, Vernon Wells and Devon White will all be on hand.
The Blue Jays previously announced that their participants from this year's Rookie Development Program would also stick around the Toronto area for Winter Fest. Top prospects such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette will be in the city all week going through a big league orientation camp and then will be made available for autographs on the weekend.
MLB Pipeline's No. 6 Blue Jays prospect Sean Reid-Foley, No. 13 Ryan Borucki, No. 17 Dan Jansen, No. 18 Jonathan Davis, No. 19 Jordan Romano and No. 20 Jon Harris also will be in attendance. Other prospects include Roemon Fields, Taylor Guerrieri, Thomas Pannone, Lourdes Gurriel and Jason Leblebijian.
Per the Blue Jays, tickets for Winter Fest are almost sold out, but they can still be purchased at bluejays.com. Fan activities include a Spring Training zone that features a radar gun, baseball simulator, pitching in the bullpen and an on-field catch. The offseason zone is where fans will be able to curl, skate, take part in a hockey shootout and snap photos in the dugouts.
The "Around the Horn" section of Winter Fest will allow fans to receive instruction at the Blue Jays' baseball academy. There will be a grounds-crew showcase, a gaming room and a chance to take selfies with select players. Other interactive features include a Baseball Canada exhibit, Jr. Jays park, a coaches' autograph table and various activities spread throughout the stadium.
Full details about this year's event can be found at bluejays.com/winterfest. Doors are scheduled to open at 10 a.m. ET, and the event ends at 6:30 p.m.
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