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Former baseball MVP Kevin Mitchell sentenced to probation, anger management for punching golfer

April 5, 2011 | 10:53 am

Kevin Mitchell at the plate while playing for New York Mets.

Kevin Mitchell, 1988 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.

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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

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