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All-Star Voting and Charity Initiatives announced

Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that fans can start voting for their favorite All-Stars for the 84th Midsummer Classic, which will be held on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field-which is the home of the New York Mets.

Citi Field will play host to the 2013 All-Star Game. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Citi Field will play host to the 2013 All-Star Game. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

There will also be a series of community and charitable initiatives and projects leading up to the MLB All-Star Game that will leave a legacy benefitting communities throughout New York City and beyond.

Fans around the world can start to cast their vote for their favorite All-Star starters 25 times exclusively on MLB.com and all 30 Club websites. Fans can also start to vote for their favorite starters in-stadium on May, 7.

  “All-Star Balloting is more popular than ever and we hope for another record-setting year in 2013 as the Mets host our 84thMidsummer Classic,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “Major League Baseball is thrilled that fans throughout the world will continue to choose their favorite players for the greatest sporting event of the summer.  We look forward to adding a new chapter to the remarkable National League tradition of New York City at Citi Field this summer.”

For the fifth consecutive year, this year’s ballot will feature the Home Run Derby Fan Poll, as fans can select three players in each League who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby.

In regards to the Community Efforts that the 84th All-Star Game will assist with, including supporting recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy, impacting the lives of underserved youth and local veterans, support cancer research, highlighting the importance of environmental consciousness and compliment the midsummer celebration of baseball and the Mets.

MLB and the Mets plan to donate more than Four Million dollars through MLB Charities and the Mets Foundation to the MLB All-Star projects in the New York Metropolitan Area.

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