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Video: Dodgers FanFest recap

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A nice overview of Dodger FanFest by our crack production team above, along with some words from manager Dave Roberts and Clayton Kershaw below. (Plus, here’s a link to Jon SooHoo’s photos of the day at LA Photog Blog.

– Jon Weisman

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Dodgers FanFest: Vin Scully thankful for the push

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Vin pumpBy Jon Weisman

In just under the wire before an expected Sunday rainstorm, it was a whale of a day at Dodgers FanFest (presented by State Farm), with activities and athletes galore.

As usual, no one set the tone better than Vin Scully, who took the FanFest stage and told the story above.

Here’s a taste of what else was happening with your favorites …

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FanFest autograph vouchers, VIP experiences on sale Friday at 12 noon

Yasmani Grandal signs for a fan at the 2015 FanFest. (Jill Weisleder/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Yasmani Grandal signs for a fan at the 2015 FanFest. (Jill Weisleder/Los Angeles Dodgers)

FanFest logoBy Jon Weisman

The Dodgers have announced the autograph schedule and VIP experiences for the January 30 FanFest (presented by State Farm) at Dodger Stadium.

A limited number of vouchers for autograph and VIP sessions go on sale to the general public at 12 noon Friday at Season-ticket and premium seat holders will have a presale from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Remember: General admission to FanFest is free for all, but you must download your free tickets at (Click here for more information.) 

Vouchers ($25 each, with proceeds going to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation) must be purchased in advance for each autograph or VIP experience session.

Click to enlarge the autograph schedule below. Note: Names subject to change.

Autograph schedule

Running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fanfest will take place rain or shine, although in case of inclement weather, some on-field activities may have to be curtailed.

More information follows:

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Download free admission ticket for FanFest

Mark Langill/Los Angeles Dodgers

Mark Langill/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

While FanFest (presented by State Farm) remains free to all attendees, the Dodgers are asking fans to download their free tickets for the January 30 event at

Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., FanFest will feature appearances and autographs from Dodger players, coaches and legends. Parking gates open at 9:30 a.m. (parking is also free), with the admission gates in the outfield plazas opening at 10.

Concerned about El Nino? FanFest will take place rain or shine, although in case of inclement weather, some on-field activities may have to be curtailed.

Autograph session tickets will go on sale soon, and an announcement will be made on the player schedule and the sale of these tickets. All autograph session ticket proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. Donations will support LADF programs and provide assistance to community organizations in the areas of education and literacy, health and wellness and sports and recreation.

VIP Experiences including player meet-and-greets and Q&As, batting and pitching lessons, and clubhouse and press box tours will also be available soon for advance purchase online.

FanFest will feature the following for all fans:

  • family-friendly activities, including interactive games and a run-the-bases experience
  • interviews with current and former Dodgers on FanFest’s main stage.
  • the @Dodgers social media lounge, with a charging station, photo area with oversized Clubhouse stickers and RBI Baseball on XBox
  • photo opportunities inside the Dodger dugout and with the World Series trophy
  • the second-annual LADF Yard Sale, with one-of-a-kind Dodger items for budgets of all sizes, including jerseys, T-shirts and more
  • the LADF Mystery Bag Fundraiser, where fans can purchase an official Major League baseball autographed by a current or former Dodger for a $40 donation and autographed jerseys for an $80 donation (while supplies last)
  • Dodger merchandise on sale, along with food and beverages.

Fans will also be able to buy Opening Day mini plans and individual game tickets (excluding Opening Day) at FanFest. The best way to guarantee Opening Day tickets is to purchase a mini plan. (For more information, visit

Note: One day before FanFest, on January 29, the Dodgers’ exclusive online sale of tickets for all 2016 games — including a very limited number of Opening Day tickets — will be held beginning at 10 a.m. at

Dodger partners State Farm, Budweiser, Chef Merito, Coca-Cola, Welk Resorts, Hi-Chew, Montejo, Sunrun, Blue Prints, Gazillion Bubbles, Los Angeles Times, Marika and broadcast partners SportsNet LA and AM570 LA Sports will partake in FanFest’s family-friendly activations and giveaways.

Don’t forget to download your free FanFest tickets today.

Save the date: 2016 Dodger FanFest is January 30

FanFest Save the Date

As announced in October’s Dodger Insider magazine, next year’s Dodger FanFest at Dodger Stadium will take place January 30. (For a recap of the 2015 event, click here.)

— Jon Weisman

FanFest is fun fest

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From the greatest to the youngest, this year’s FanFest inside Dodger Stadium was a wonderful time.

Ken Gurnick of recaps the event, and in a separate story, captured Zack Greinke’s typically candid assessment of the state of things. More photos from the event are at LA Photog Blog.

– Jon Weisman

Your guide to Saturday’s FanFest

FanFest Map

Make sure you check out the Dodgers’ guide to Saturday’s free FanFest at Dodger Stadium, which can be downloaded over at the official FanFest page. Above, you can see what will be the lay of the land. Again, this is the first year that FanFest is taking place on the Dodger Stadium field.

— Jon Weisman

Dodger FanFest 2015 set for January 31

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By Jon Weisman

The Dodgers’ fourth annual FanFest (presented by State Farm) — free to the public — will take place at Dodger Stadium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 31. This year, for the first time, the action will be centered inside the ballpark itself.

It’s such a good time, it could easily be called FunFest. Or FanFun. Or FestFunFan. Or ThatReallyGoodTimeForYourWholeFamily. That’s right — you’re going to have so much fun, there will be no time for spaces between words.

Here’s just a sampling:

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Dodger players revel in fan reunion

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In case you missed it: Spirit Day

Dodgers FanFestBy Jon Weisman

Thanks to all the fans who came out today for FanFest.

  • Ned Colletti, Vin Scully and Don Mattingly are featured in Ken Gurnick’s FanFest roundup for Here’s perhaps the most memorable quote from Colletti, who as Gurnick writes, “credited the club’s brawl with the Arizona Diamondbacks as a key to the team’s midseason turnaround after beanings of Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke.”

    “Our guys took the field and went after them,” Colletti said. “As much as I don’t condone that, it kind of galvanized our club and got us together and brought friendship in the room and we got closer. In a bizarre way, it was a defining moment for the building of inside the room.”

  • Even as FanFest was taking place, there was also the second annual Community Day at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. Yasiel Puig was among those visiting, writes Earl Bloom for
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu getting into shape is the subject of two short pieces (here and here) by the Daily News’ J.P. Hoornstra, who also passes along this update about Dodger Stadium wi-fi and about the Union Rescue Mission learning center being named for Andre and Maggie Ethier. Nicely done, Ethiers.
  • An update from Kershaw’s Challenge: “After discussing our plans to renovate and add on to Destiny Community School in Lusaka, Zambia, we have solidified our plans and will begin construction soon.”
  • The last batch of Dodger Pitching in the Community Caravan photos, from Friday’s fifth day, can be found at the Dodger Photog Blog, thanks to Juan Ocampo.
  • Ex-Dodger pitcher Chris Capuano is a potential free agent bargain for some team, writes Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs.
  • Sixteen-year NBA vet Tracy McGrady is looking to make a switch to pitching, at least on some level. D.J. Short at Hardball Talk rounds up the basic info.
  • More than half of the teams in the majors are planning to platoon or divide up playing time with at least one position, writes Anthony Castrovince of

Highlights from FanFest 2014

By Jon Weisman

If you were at FanFest today at Dodger Stadium, here’s what you didn’t miss, courtesy of Twitter and Instagram:

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Happy Fanfest

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By Jon Weisman

The Fanfest fun runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Enjoy!

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