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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 2:49 pm | Updated: 10:50 am, Tue Oct 8, 2013.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the ninth annual SUBWAY D-backs FanFest on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chase Field. The free event will offer fans unprecedented access to current players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters, including autograph and photo sessions on the field. Last year’s event drew an estimated 25,000 fans to Chase Field.

Among the D-backs players currently scheduled to attend include Heath Bell, Willie Bloomquist, Eric Chavez, Josh Collmenter, Patrick Corbin, Adam Eaton, Paul Goldschmidt, David Hernandez, Aaron Hill, Eric Hinske, Daniel Hudson, Chris Johnson, Ian Kennedy, Jason Kubel, Brandon McCarthy, John McDonald, Wade Miley, Wil Nieves, Cliff Pennington, A.J. Pollock, Cody Ross, Tyler Skaggs, Justin Upton and Brad Ziegler.

Coaches expected to participate include manager Kirk Gibson, hitting coach Don Baylor, pitching coach Charles Nagy, first base coach Steve Sax, bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock, bench coach Alan Trammell, assistant hitting coach Turner Ward and third base coach Matt Williams. Broadcasters Bob Brenly, Steve Berthiaume, Greg Schulte, Tom Candiotti, Miguel Quintana and Richard Saenz will also be in attendance, as well as Luis Gonzalez and several other former D-backs players.

Children 12 and under will receive free autographs, while others can receive access to autograph sessions with a donation to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. For the first time, online autograph pre-sales for specific sessions will be made available to fans prior to FanFest.

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