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Blue pled no contest to drunk driving charge

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Former major league pitcher
Vida Blue could be headed to jail after failing to complete his
probation from his latest drunken-driving conviction, San Mateo
County authorities said Thursday.

Blue, who played most of his 17 major league seasons with the
Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, was set to appear in
court Monday for failing to perform his required community service
after pleading no contest in April 2004 to a misdemeanor drunken
driving charge, court officials said.

Blue played with Oakland, San Francisco and Kansas City before
retiring in 1986. The six-time All-Star won the AL Most Valuable
Player and Cy Young awards in 1971, and went 209-161 with 37
shutouts during his career.

He has been a community representative for the Giants for 15
years, serving as a spokesman for various charitable ventures by
the franchise. He also is the commissioner of the Giants' youth
baseball program.

Two months ago, Blue was arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz. -- the
location of the Giants' spring training complex -- on suspicion of
DUI after a minor accident.

The incident in Arizona was Blue's third arrest on suspicion of
DUI in less than six years. Blue also pleaded no contest after
police arrested him for drunken driving in suburban Dublin, Calif.,
on Aug. 2, 1999.

A telephone call to Blue's attorney, Joshua Bentley, of San
Carlos, was not immediately returned Thursday.