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Former Giants MVP Kevin Mitchell Faces Assault Trial

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Kevin Mitchell of the San Francisco Giants steps up to bat during a 1989 game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Kevin Mitchell of the San Francisco Giants steps up to bat during a 1989 game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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CHULA VISTA, San Diego Co. (AP) – Former San Francisco Giants slugger and National League MVP Kevin Mitchell has been ordered to stand trial after he was accused of assaulting a man at a golf club in Southern California.

A judge on Wednesday scheduled Mitchell for trial Nov. 3 in San Diego County.

The 48-year-old Mitchell faces up to four years in prison if convicted of battery and assault charges. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on $25,000 bail.

Mitchell, who won the NL MVP as a Giant in 1989, allegedly punched another golfer several times on the head in July at the Bonita Golf Club course. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the alleged altercation happened because Mitchell was upset the golfer had spoken disparagingly about him.

Mitchell, who won a World Series with the Mets in 1986, was arrested in 1999 on suspicion of felony battery against his father.  Mitchell played for a number of other MLB teams, including the Padres, Mariners and Reds before ending his career with the Oakland A’s in 1998.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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