Three Indians fans up for All-Star honor
Ohio residents recognized for commitment to service
Three finalists per Major League club were chosen out of thousands of nominations from across the United States and Canada of "everyday All-Stars," people who have gone above and beyond to serve their community.
Fans are invited to vote in the All-Stars Among Us campaign, a presentation of People Magazine and Major League Baseball, for the 30 winners from June 8-24. One winner will be chosen as a representative of every club, and all 30 will be honored at Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the July 14 All-Star Game. One club representative will also be featured in People Magazine.
Here are the finalists for the Cleveland Indians:
Bryan Mauk: The Cleveland resident is heavily involved in homeless outreach in the city as he founded the non-profit metanoiaproject.com and has helped lead the charge to address the homeless' needs through an overnight hospitality center and the rehabilitation of abandoned homes.
Michelle Wollenburg: The Newark, Ohio, resident has organized two baseball teams for special needs children aged 5 through 12 and coordinates the volunteers who help out with the children while they play.
Dr. Michael Konstan: The Bratenahl, Ohio, resident has devoted his life to researching cystic fibrosis and helping patients with the disease. Now with his help and the help of other doctors, the life expectancy of cystic fibrosis patients has nearly doubled
Meanwhile, vote for your favorite players with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 sites, and look for Walt Disney Pictures G-Force All-Star Game ballots at Major League and Minor League ballparks.
The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.