Penn State

Hot stove events coming to area

No need to wait for the snow to melt to start talking baseball.

The State College Spikes announced today they will hold their annual SpikesFest on Feb. 12 at Penn State's multi-sport facility.

SpikesFest is the team's version of a hot stove event. Confirmed guests include new Spikes manager Dave Turgeon and infielder Matt Hague, a key part of the Altoona Curve's 2010 championship team. General manager Jason Dambach said more guests will be added.

SpikesFest is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are also planning a winter caravan stop in State College on Jan. 26. The caravan will stop at Damon's from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Infielder/outfielder Garrett Jones, outfielder Jose Tabata, reliever Joel Hanrahan, bench coach Jeff Banister and broadcaster Greg Brown are traveling with the caravan.

Another baseball-related event is coming to the area Jan. 25 when Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci speaks at Penn State's HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium. The event, which is sponsored by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Verducci, an author who also does work for MLB Network, is a 1982 Penn State graduate.