April 2, 1987 |
I met Vida Blue nine springs ago, back when the only hard time he had done was in Charlie Finley's doghouse. I was a rookie baseball writer discovering that players on teams other than the one you regularly cover have a tendency to view you as an annoyance, or an enemy. I had just come from the Chicago Cubs' spring training camp, where Bill Buckner rudely rejected an interview request and then-Manager Herman Franks treated me as a finance company thug come to repossess his chewing tobacco.
February 20, 1987
Pitcher Ron Darling of the New York Mets won a $1.05-million arbitration award Thursday, while Vida Blue, who signed less than a month ago with the Oakland A's as a free agent, announced his retirement. Darling, whose case was heard in New York by arbitrator Jack Sands, lost his arbitration case last year and received a salary of $440,000. This year, the Mets had offered the right-hander $800,000 after he posted a 15-6 record in their championship season.
January 21, 1987
Vida Blue, who broke into major league baseball with the Oakland A's in 1969 and has recorded 209 pitching victories, is returning to the A's, a spokesman for the American League club said Tuesday. The signing of the 37-year-old pitcher, who became a free agent after going 10-10 with the San Francisco Giants last season, will be formally announced at a 10 a.m. news conference today at the Oakland Coliseum.
June 16, 1986 |
Vida Blue turned in another strong game Sunday at Houston, holding the Astros to four hits in six innings and pitching the San Francisco Giants to a 7-2 victory. The Giants climbed to within two games of the Astros in the tightening race in the National League West. It was the third win in a row for Blue since he regained his fastball. He struck out six and departed with a comfortable 6-1 lead.