VICTORINO’S BID FOR ALL-STAR GAME ROSTER RESTS ON PUBLIC VOTE

July 8, 2009, 9:45 AM HST · Updated July 8, 10:08 AM
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Maui’s Shane Victorino is among a list of baseball players competing for the last spot on the National League’s All-Star Game roster.

Photo of Shane Victorino by Wendy Osher

Photo of Shane Victorino by Wendy Osher

The Phillies outfielder finished fourth in the public balloting for the three starting outfield positions. He was not selected as a backup by the National League coaches.

Hawaii’s four mayors-Bernard Carvalho, Jr., Mufi Hannemann, Billy Kenoi, and Charmaine Tavares-joined in stumping for Shane Victornio yesterday, urging fans to cast votes through the major league baseball website.

The mayors stated, “Shane is a local boy who’s done a remarkable job with the world champion Phillies, and he deserves a spot on the All-Star team.  We’re very proud of him, as all the people of Hawaii are, and we’re urging fans to cast their votes for Shane so he can have a well-deserved place on the roster of the National League.”

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Victorino is the son of Jocelyn and Maui County Councilman Mike Victorino of Wailuku.

Voting continues through Thursday at 10 a.m. Hawaii time.

The public can vote from among five candidates for the last position on the National League roster at www.mlb.com or www.phillies.com, until Thursday, July 9, at 10:00 a.m. Hawaii time.  Sprint and Nextel subscribers can text in their votes by following the instructions on either Web site.

(Posted by Wendy Osher; Information provided by the County of Maui; Photo by Wendy Osher)

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