A judge in Chula Vista, Calif., has ordered former National League MVP Kevin Mitchell to stand trial on charges of punching a man several times in the head in July at a golf club in Southern California.
The ex-San Francisco Giant and New York Mets slugger faces four years in prison if convicted of battery and assault. A judge on Wednesday scheduled his trial for Nov. 3 in San Diego County.
The 48-year-old Mitchell, a one-time Seattle Mariner, has pleaded not guilty and is free on $25,000 bail.
Mitchell, who won a World Series ring with the Mets in 1986 and the MVP award three years later as a Giant, is charged with giving another golfer a concussion during an attack 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’s previous legal run-ins include rape charges in 1991 that were dropped, and an arrest in 1999 for allegedly beating up his father. A year later, as manager of the minor-league Sonoma County Crushers, he was suspended nine games after punching the opposing team’s owner during a brawl.
In 2002, he was suspended seven games for punching the same team’s third-base coach, who Mitchell accused of stealing signs from the catcher.
Mitchell hit 47 homers for the Giants in 1989 to win the NL MVP. The two-time All-Star third baseman and outfielder batted .284 with 234 homers and 760 RBI during his 13-year career. He also played for San Diego, Cincinnati, Boston, Cleveland and Oakland.
O’MALLEY: SELL TEAM
Peter O’Malley called upon Frank McCourt to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers, arguing local investors are needed to restore the luster of the city’s team.
“The current Dodger ownership has lost all credibility throughout the city,” O’Malley said, “and, in my judgment, it would be best for the franchise and the city if there was new ownership.”
O’Malley, whose family owned the Dodgers for 47 years, never referred to McCourt by name in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. He had been mostly silent amid the high-profile divorce of McCourt and his estranged wife, Jamie.
The McCourt divorce trial is set to resume Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, with Frank contending the Dodgers are his sole property and Jamie arguing the team should be considered community property.
MEJIA SHUT DOWN
Jenrry Mejia, the New York Mets’ top pitching prospect, will miss the remainder of this season with an injury to his right shoulder.
The 20-year-old rookie left Wednesday night’s start against Pittsburgh in the third inning, and the team said Thursday an MRI exam revealed a strained muscle on inside border of the shoulder blade.
Mejia, 0-4 with a 4.62 ERA, said he’s not too worried about the injury and is confident it will heal with treatment and rest.
Following the appeals process, Washington Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan will serve an eight-game suspension rather than the original penalties of two bans totaling 15 games – one for throwing into the stands in Philadelphia, the other for his part in a brawl at Flordia. … San Diego Padres manager Bud Black says right-hander Chris Young, who has been out since April 12 with a strained right shoulder, is scheduled to start Saturday night at St. Louis. … White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was out of the lineup against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday and will be shut down for a few more games because of a lingering hand problem. … After 28 seasons in Oklahoma City, the Texas Rangers are moving their Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliation to Round Rock, owned by Rangers president Nolan Ryan. Round Rock has been Houston’s Triple-A team since 2005.