Former baseball MVP Kevin Mitchell sentenced to probation, anger management for punching golfer
Former major league slugger Kevin Mitchell was sentenced Monday to serve three years on probation and complete a 120-hour anger management course after pleading no contest to punching a golfer on a course in Bonita in southern San Diego County last year.
Mitchell, 49, who played 13 seasons with five teams, including the San Diego Padres, was charged with attacking a man on the 13th hole of the course in a dispute that began over differing opinions of a golf teacher.
Mitchell's victim, according to court evidence, criticized the teacher's lessons and Mitchell disagreed. Mitchell has had other run-ins with the law involving allegations of violence.
A native of San Diego, Mitchell retired in 1998. He was voted the National League's most valuable player in 1989 while playing for the San Francisco Giants; he finished his career with 234 home runs and a .284 batting average.
While coaching in the minor leagues he was once suspended for punching a rival manager. Monday's sentence was handed down by a judge in the Chula Vista branch of San Diego County Superior Court.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photos, from top: Kevin Mitchell at the plate while playing for New York Mets; and as a Padre in 1988. Credits: New York Daily News; Rick Stewart / Getty Images