It’s Tribe time now!

The Cleveland Indians’ annual Tribe Fest event returns this weekend to the Cleveland Convention Center, a sure sign that baseball is just around the corner.

Fans flock to the yearly event in hopes of snagging autographs, meeting players and spending time with their fellow diehard fans.

WKYC is there to both interview players and take in all the action.

When is Tribe Fest?

Saturday, Jan. 12

The event is split into two sessions, the first being for season ticket holders from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The second session for the general public is 1:30-7:30 p.m.

Where is Tribe Fest?

Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Ave. E, Cleveland

How much are tickets?

Tickets are $10 for the general public session and $5 for season ticket holders.

Click here to buy tickets.

Where should I park?

Paid parking is available across the street from the convention center, as well as connected to the convention center via the entrance at the Hilton on Lakeside Avenue.

Which players will be there?

According to the Indians, players scheduled to attend include:

  • Greg Allen
  • Cody Anderson
  • Trevor Bauer
  • Jake Bauers
  • Shane Bieber
  • Bobby Bradley
  • Carlos Carrasco
  • Adam Cimber
  • Mike Clevinger
  • Jon Edwards
  • Nick Goody
  • Eric Haase
  • Brad Hand
  • Corey Kluber
  • Francisco Lindor
  • Jordan Luplow
  • Leonys Martin
  • Tyler Naquin
  • Tyler Olson
  • Dan Otero
  • Roberto Perez
  • Adam Plutko
  • Jose Ramirez
  • Jefry Rodriguez
  • Danny Salazar
  • Carlos Santana
  • Bradley Zimmer

Indians alumni Carlos Baerga, Len Barker and Kenny Lofton, as well as manager Terry Francona, pitching coach Carl Willis and general manager and president Mike Chernoff and Chris Antonetti are also expected to be there.

What happens at Tribe Fest?

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy. There’s a Kid Zone complete with batting and pitching cages, as well as a field for practicing and training alongside your favorite players.

There are also face painters, balloon artists and table games, as well as game trucks where some lucky fans could win a chance to face Jose Ramirez in MarioKart.

Stop by the main stage to hear discussion from Tribe alumni and broadcasters to get you ready for the season. Players will also be on stage to play games, hold Q&A sessions and more.

The kids stage will have programming complete with story time, games and appearances by Slider and the Hot Dogs.

Click here for the full schedules of events.

Can I watch Tribe Fest if I can’t attend?

Yes! WKYC will be streaming live from the event all day. Our digital team will be joined by a lineup of special guests, including players and personnel. You can watch it all on WKYC.com and on our Facebook page.

The following players, coaches and front office members will be featured in our coverage:

  • Leonys Martin - 9:15 a.m.
  • Eric Hasse - 9:30
  • Carl Willis - 9:45
  • Adam Plutko - 10:05
  • Chris Antonetti - 10:15
  • Danny Salazar - 10:30
  • Carlos Carrasco - 10:45
  • Roberto Perez - 11
  • Mike Clevinger - 11:10
  • Trevor Bauer - 11:20
  • Adam Cimber - 11:40
  • Shane Bieber - 11:50
  • Greg Allen - Noon
  • Kenny Lofton - 12:15 p.m.
  • Bob DiBiasio - 1:15
  • Jordan Luplow - 1:30
  • Tyler Olson - 1:45
  • Kevin Plawecki - 2
  • Corey Kluber - 2:15
  • Terry Francona - 2:30
  • Mike Chernoff - 3

What’s next?

Once Tribe Fest ends, we’ll set our sights on spring training and Opening Day. Don’t forget, you’ll be able to watch the Home Opener April 1 on WKYC. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Goodyear, Arizona next month.

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