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City Planning "All-Star" Lineup For Midsummer Classic

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Major League Baseball and the New York Mets Wednesday to announce there will be five days of festivities culminating with the All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16.

Among them includes a fan fest at the Javits Center which will run from July 12th through 16th.

A parade of all stars along 42nd Street in Times Square will take place on game day.

There will also be the usual Home Run Derby the night before at Citi Field.

Mayor Bloomberg touted the economic benefits of the game and its ability to bring out of towners to New York.

"When your neighbor says, 'Hey, I was in New York and it's not like the late night comedians used to say. It really, I felt great, walked around in Central Park, I walked up all these ethnic neighborhoods in all five boroughs where my ancestors came from.' That sort of stuff you can't get by buying ads and that is the real benefit of having each one of these major events here," Bloomberg said.

"Playing in the Bronx a few years ago, it's revved up, it's above and beyond. And it's no offense to other All-Star game hosts. There's nothing that's comparable to playing in an All Star game in New York," said Mets captain and six-time All-Star player David Wright.

MLB officials say the massive event is also a chance to give back - $4 million worth - to charities.

"We're going to support recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy, improve the lives of local veterans, improve the lives of some of the underserved kids in New York and support national cancer research," said MLB Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan.

The balloting for who will make it to the All-Star Game began with Wednesday's press conference.

Last year, 40 million votes were cast by fans for the players they wanted to see in the "All Star" game, about a third of the number of votes cast in the presidential election last November.

In-stadium voting ends June 28, while online voting ends July 4.

For more information on voting and the festivities, visit mlb.com.

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