VINCENT SPEAKS: Commissioner Fay Vincent yesterday ruled out legalized betting on baseball, called for better pay for minor league umpires and refused to speculate how he would rule on an appeal for reinstatement by Pete Rose.
"I really believe that one of the great insights of life is that one should not decide tomorrow's question until tomorrow," Vincent said in a speech at the Associated Press Sports Editors convention in Boston. "Mr. Rose is facing sentencing on a criminal proceeding under the tax laws in Cincinnati, and it seems that much will happen between now and Aug. 21, the earliest that this could arise."
Vincent said baseball officials were working hard to convince Congress to pass legislation to take away the rights of states to hold sports lotteries, calling them "bad politics and bad policy for the state. . . . Sports betting is regressive, not a very good form of taxation and I think it hurts, and it could hurt seriously, the sport involved."
ALL-STAR COACHES: The Orioles' Frank Robinson, AL manager of the year, and the Mariners' Jim Lefebvre were named AL coaches for the All-Star Game to be played July 10 at Chicago's Wrigley Field. The Cubs' Don Zimmer and the Pirates' Jim Leyland were named NL coaches.
Zimmer and Leyland will be making their first appearance as all-star coaches.
ROYAL PAIN: Starting SS Kurt Stillwell of the Royals has been hospitalized with a severe back problem that may require surgery.
Stillwell entered Ballard (Wash.) Community Hospital with back spasms after missing Wednesday night's game in Seattle because of a stiff back. "It's been diagnosed as a ruptured disk," Royals Manager John Wathan said after a 6-4 loss to the Mariners. "We'll give him a couple of days' rest and get him back to Kansas City. There's a possibility of surgery."
Stillwell, 24, has hit .298 in 67 games this season, with one home run and 28 RBI.