Former Giants MVP Kevin Mitchell Faces Assault Trial
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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.
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