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SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres held their annual Fan Fest at Petco Park, giving fans the opportunity to meet players, manager Bud Black and the team’s new owners, run the bases, participate in clinics, tour clubhouses and purchase tickets.

Padres Fan Fest

Padres Fan Fest

The free event began at 8:30 a.m., for Padres Platinum, Gold and Blue members, and 10 a.m. for the general public. More than two dozen Padre players were scheduled to participate, joined by alumni, broadcasters and members of the front office. All-Star closer Huston Street hosted a pitching clinic for children, while outfielder Cameron Maybin ran a session on batting.

Players who participated include outfielders Chris Denorfia and Carlos Quentin, third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Clayton Richard. Owners Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler, executives Tom Garfinkel and Josh Byrnes and broadcasters also appeared at fan forums.  Proceeds from purchases of game-worn jerseys, batting helmets and other gear benefited foundation programs.

Fan Fest comes three days before pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to the team’s spring training site in Peoria, Arizona.