Former Padre Kevin Mitchell charged with assault

CHULA VISTA (CNS) – A preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday for former major league baseball star Kevin Mitchell, accused of attacking a man on a South Bay golf course this summer.

Mitchell, who played third base for the San Diego Padres in 1987 and was the National League's Most Valuable Player when he played for San Francisco in 1989, is charged with felony assault and battery.

The 48-year-old defendant was arrested July 21 at the Bonita Golf Club on Sweetwater Road.

His alleged victim said he suffered a concussion and blurred vision as a result of the assault, in which no weapon was used, Deputy District Attorney Sherry Thompson said.

She said Mitchell faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Following today's hearing, a judge will decide if enough evidence was presented for Mitchell to stand trial.

In 1989, Mitchell was sued by a former girlfriend who claimed he beat her and threatened her with a gun. Criminal charges were dropped after Mitchell enrolled in a domestic violence diversion program, according to published reports.

In 2000, while managing the minor league Sonoma County Crushers, Mitchell was suspended after punching the opposing manager during a brawl.

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