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Former MVP Mitchell Arrested

Kevin Mitchell, the 1989 National League MVP, was arrested for investigation of felony battery after being accused of hitting his father during a dispute Tuesday, a police spokesman said.

The 37-year-old Mitchell was said to have slapped or punched Earl Mitchell, who suffered a one-inch cut to his head, police spokesman Dave Cohen said.

The elder Mitchell, 56, and his wife were being evicted from a house they rented from Kevin Mitchell and his grandmother in a neighborhood southeast of downtown San Diego, Cohen said.

The dispute apparently was over failure to pay rent.

"He's stupid," Earl Mitchell said after his son was handcuffed and placed in a police car. "He already called me to move out of his house."

Kevin Mitchell, who grew up in San Diego, told officers he lives in Las Vegas, police spokesman Bill Robinson said.

Once among baseball's most-feared hitters, Mitchell last played for the Oakland Athletics. He was released on Aug. 3, 1998.

He hit 47 homers and had 125 RBIs with the San Francisco Giants in 1989 and was the NL's MVP. He hit .341 for the Cincinnati Reds in 1993 and .326 the following year for Cincinnati.

The often injured outfielder played for seven major league teams, including half of the 1987 season with the hometown Padres before being traded to San Francisco. He was with the New York Mets in 1986 when they won the World Series.

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