Now that baseball's 1978 All-Star voting is over, Sparky Anderson tells how it ought to be done: "You need a three-way system: the fans, the sports-writers, and the players."
The Cincinnati skipper suggests separate voting by each of those groups and that, to be elected, a player must be the leader at his position in each instance.
Anderson, for a change, won't be managing the National Leaguers Tuesday night in San Diego, but he could be at the helm again next year if his Reds put it together the second half of this season. So he makes these valid points:
Unler the current system, choice by the fans. "I know of this kid who has about 5,000 ballots and he's punched them all out and turned them in. There's got to be a more legitimate way to determine who the best players are." (Ed. Note: And no doubt the kid does it in the town that earned notoriety for such stuffing - Cincinnati. Third-base Coach Alex Grammas' clan at it again?)
"We must eliminate the rule that you must have a player from every club. That is not an All-Star Game." (Ed. Note: Right. It was acceptable with eight-team leagues but not now, with 14 teams in one league, 12 in the other.)
And a debatable point:
If there is a deadlock, the All-Star manager would have the tie-breaker vote." (Anderson quickly admits the manager tends to name members of his own team: "I always felt that they were the ones who got me there") . . .
Jeff Torborg hardly will be managing any All-Stars soon, but yesterday, a few hours after his Indians' 9-0 whitewash of the Orioles, he received a year's extension, through 1979, as manager at Cleveland. So what if the team is sixth in the AL East, a lower estate than when the controls were taken from Frank Robinson and given to Torborg in June 1977 . . .
Charles Horich, who directed Senator telecasts for Channel 9 the last three years of Washington baseball, is being credited as the force behind WMART-TV-2 in Baltimore winning the Oriole TV rights for 1979-82. "This is the sports station in town," Horich, as director of broadcasting, tells Baltimoreans, with the Colt preseason schedule also moving to Channel 2 - Tommy Brookshier, no less, doing play-by-play for three games. The Oriole arrangement with Channel 2 provides for Chuck Thompson and Bill O'Donnell to stay on as voices, though Horich told the press up there that Thompson will handle more of the games than O'Donnell, that the deal with announcers is only for 1979 and after that is up in the air. The station also plans to name its own color announcer, B. Robinson?
No reflection on WJZ-TV-13, but until the Nats are back, the switch is good news for ball fans in the Northern Virginia suburbs. Channel 2 reception is considerably better than 13 in the NoVa households with which we're familiar . . .
Look who's driving in Saturday's world championship six-hour endurance race at Watkins Glen. N.Y., as his professional road-racing debut: Otis Chandler, 51 publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Chandler will split time at the wheel of a turbocharged Porsche 935 with fellow Californian John Thomas. Having attended a driving school by way of preparation, and toured the Watkins Glen grand prix circuit Monday. Chandler offers, "Don't look for us to be with the leaders - we plan to let the faster cars go to the front. We plan to have a safe race, to finish, and hopefully we will be in the top 10." What's that you say, Mrs. Graham? How do you get in touch with Janet Guthrie? . . .
When Tar Heel Phil Ford ventured he might opt for a year in European basketball over NBA Kansas City, the item was datelined Charleston, W. Va. He may have been there to help at fellow guard Archie Talley's basketball camp, part of the Kanawha County summer recreation work occuping the 6-1 Washington who led the nation's scorers two years ago at Salem College. Those West Virginia folks look after Talley, who was with the W. Va. Wheels of Wheeling in the minor league that quickly folded under him and Mo Howard, et al . . . Talley, last cut of the NBA Nets last fall, heads for Maracaibo and a second year in the Venezuelan league now, then maybe Sweden if still no NBA. Where else are they now? We understand the high-scoring Catholic U. Card a year removed. Glenn Kokonics, has gone to work in the Argentine basketball league . . . and Steve Castellan, U. of Virginia center out of St. Anselm's High here, will tour England, Italy, West Germany and Yugoslavia with a Christian Associates team this summer . . .