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Prosecutor obtains warrant for pitcher’s arrest

October 15, 1997

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ A prosecutor has obtained an arrest warrant for Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ pitcher Bobby Seay, saying he violated the terms of his probation on a conviction last year for drunk driving.

Patrick McCabe, who oversees probation officers handling Sarasota County misdemeanor offenders, said the 19-year-old minor leaguer has met most of the conditions of his yearlong probation _ except the community service and urine tests.

Seay’s community service work _ participating in free Devil Rays-affiliated baseball clinics _ benefited his major league baseball franchise, not a nonprofit group, McCabe said.

And the Devil Rays failed to provide the results of nine urine tests, in addition to the three he passed, McCabe said.

But Seay, his father and his attorney claim that the baseball clinics were for children from nonprofit organizations such as a Boys Club. And they say Seay submitted to all of the required urine tests, although probation officers haven’t received them.

Seay’s attorney, Dan Dannheisser, said those test results are being compiled and forwarded to probation officers.

``This whole thing is ridiculous,″ Seay’s father, Robert, said Tuesday.

The left-handed Seay, from Sarasota High School, was the 12th player chosen in the amateur draft last year and was the first marquee player snagged by the expansion team. He signed for a $3 million bonus.

Authorities said they are not actively searching for Seay, but he could be taken into custody should they come into contact with him.

Seay’s probation stemmed from an August 1996 conviction for driving drunk. Judge Judy Goldman sentenced Seay to 12 months probation, requiring him to do 100 hours of community service and to pay a $500 fine.

His driver’s license was suspended for six months, and he was ordered to undergo random urine tests.

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