Orioles All-Stars make picks to help kick off fan voting

May 11, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

When it comes to All-Star Games, no one in Baltimore knows them better than Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson, who appeared in 29 midseason classics.

But when it came time for the Orioles legends to fill out a sample All-Star ballot yesterday during a news conference kicking off the voting process for the July 13 game, they had to admit the National League was a mystery to them.

"I don't know any of these guys playing second," said Brooks.

"You got me," said Frank.

Eventually, they settled on the Houston Astros' Craig Biggio, but later they were just as baffled on NL third basemen and agreed on Dave Magadan of the Florida Marlins.

As many as 10 million people across the country may duplicate the Robinsons and punch out spots next to both their favorites and people they've never heard of through July 4 to send them to the 64th All-Star Game at Camden Yards on July 13.

For Cal Ripken, who has played in 10 All-Star Games, the launching of the voting process moves the shortstop that much closer to the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

"Being from Baltimore and seeing how crazy people are about the All-Star Game already, I'm looking forward to playing in the game, if I'm fortunate enough to be selected," he said.

Second baseman Harold Reynolds, who has played in two All-Star Games, is hoping the generosity of Baltimore fans will get him his first start.

Said Reynolds: "I remember watching the [1979] game in Seattle, when Dave Parker made that throw home, and thinking I wanted to be a part of that. Seattle didn't have as big a fan base as we have here and I feel that if I can get it going, the fans here might help vote me in."

Voting again will take place at any major- or minor-league ballpark across the country.

This year, however, All-Star ballots will be available at retail outlets, including J.C. Penney, the Champs and Pro Image sporting goods store chains, and there also will be a sweepstakes.

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