In addition to his storied baseball career, "Mitch" has had an interesting run off the field. In 1989 -- his MVP year -- he was sued by an ex-girlfriend who alleged he beat her and brandished a gun at her. He avoided criminal charges by completing a domestic violence program. Rape charges against him were dropped in 1991.
In 1999 he was arrested for allegedly beating his father in a rent dispute. One year after that, while managing the minor league Sonoma County Crushers, he became perhaps the first man in history to be ejected for punching out the opposing team's owner, which he did in a brawl vs. the Solano Steelheads. In 2002, he punched out the Steelheads' third base coach, allegedly for stealing signs.
Mitchell, however, is perhaps most infamous for a passage in pitcher Dwight Gooden's 1999 autobiography Heat, in which Gooden claims Mitchell, then his 1986 New York Mets teammate, decapitated a cat. Mitchell has always denied this -- and, it warrants mentioning, that the drug-addled Gooden is far from an unimpeachable source.
"Mitch" will go on trial for assault starting Nov. 3; if found guilty he could face four years in prison. He is free on $25,000 bail and has pleaded not guilty.
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