Sport: Vida's Blues

What are the chances of anyone's demanding, and receiving, a 530% raise these days? Not too good—especially when there are Government wage guidelines and a boss like Oakland A's Owner Charles Finley to contend with. Not too good—unless your name is Vida Blue, who last week mounted one of the more imaginative counterattacks in the history of baseball salary disputes. After months of futile negotiations with Finley and a brief disappearance, the 22-year-old pitching star emerged in Oakland to tell a disbelieving news conference that he was retiring to sell bathroom and kitchen fixtures.

Finley has good reason to hope that the...

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