Probation, anger management for former Padre Mitchell

CHULA VISTA (CNS) – A former San Diego Padres third-baseman who attacked a man on a South Bay golf course last summer was sentenced Monday to probation and ordered to complete 120 hours of anger management counseling.

Kevin Mitchell, 49, who played for the Padres in 1987, had faced a maximum of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The former major league baseball player pleaded no contest last month to a misdemeanor charge of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury for attacking Leonard Lerma on the 13th hole of the Bonita Golf Club last July 21.

South Bay Judge Kathleen Lewis placed Mitchell on three years probation and ordered him to do 30 days of public work service in addition to completing the anger management classes. The judge also ordered Mitchell to stay away from the victim.

Restitution will be determined at a hearing on May 5.

Lerma testified last year that Mitchell, playing in different group, drove up in a golf cart and confronted him.

Mitchell slapped Lerma, then hit him three more times, said Deputy District Attorney Sherry Thompson. What motivated the attack is unclear. Lerma said doctors told him he had a concussion.

In 1989, Mitchell was sued by a former girlfriend who claimed he beat her and threatened her with a gun. Criminal charges were dropped when Mitchell completed 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.

Mitchell was named the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1989 when he played for the San Francisco Giants.

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