Trio of Rays fans up for All-Star honor
Winner to represent Tampa Bay at Midsummer Classic
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 the Tampa Bay Rays:
Miles Marinello: The Palm Harbour, Fla., resident spent three years as a patient at Florida's All Children's Hospital and benefited from the Children's Dream Fund. Now that he's recovered, he's raised nearly $10,000 for the hospital and the Dream Fund.
Glenn Permuy: The Tampa, Fla., resident is the local president of the Boys & Girls Club, a role he has served for the last four decades after receiving care and guidance at the Club as a child.
Tommy Timberlake: The Tampa, Fla., resident has spent hundreds of hours teaching sailing to developmentally and physically disabled individuals. A qualified instructor, he makes it possible for disabled people to experience the joys of sailing in a safe, supportive environment.
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.