Kevin Mitchell to stand trial for assault

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Former Giants (and Mets and Mariners and Padres and Reds and Indians and Red Sox and Athletics) outfielder Kevin Mitchell has been ordered to stand trial for assaulting a man at a golf course. The claim is that Michell repeatedly punched the guy after he “had spoken disparagingly about him earlier.”

“Hey Mitchell! Your refusal to let the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks team doctors treat your knee injuries during the 1995 season and, instead, fly back to the United States for treatment was most disrespectful! Most disrespectful!”

I’m guessing it went down like that.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”