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Trio of Bucs fans up for All-Star honor

Trio of Bucs fans up for All-Star honor

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 Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the July 14 All-Star Game. One club representative also will be featured in People Magazine.

Here are the finalists for Pittsburgh:

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• Michael T. Sherry of Cranberry, Pa., has a special place in his heart for children with disabilities, and it led him to initiate the construction of a Miracle League Field in Cranberry Township, the first of its kind in the region. He spearheaded the endeavor, while also engaging the help, and financial support of many in the community.

• The stepbrother of Matt Kuntz of Helena, Mont., committed suicide in 2007 after returning from Iraq with undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder. Kuntz then made it his mission to ensure that all National Guard troops in his home state of Montana receive adequate PTSD screening. He continues to campaign for PTSD awareness and screening for all veterans.

• Leon E. Haynes III of Pittsburgh transformed a former school building into a hub for community activity, social services and hope for Pittsburgh's Wilkinsburg neighborhood by creating Hosanna House. He brought together government, social service, business, community, and religious leaders for Hosanna House, which currently serves more than 27,000 people annually.

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.

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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