Hall of Famer Fisk pleads guilty to DUI

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

Former Red Sox and White Sox catcher Carl­ton Fisk pleaded guilty Thurs­day to a misdemeanor DUI charge af­ter mix­ing al­co­hol and pre­scrip­tion drugs and driv­ing into a sub­ur­ban Chicago farm field.

The Hall of Famer re­ceived one year of court su­per­vi­sion and must pay court costs of $1,250 — the stan­dard dis­po­si­tion for first-time DUI of­fend­ers in Will County, said spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor Dave Neal.

Fisk’s at­tor­ney, Stephen White, said in court of his client: “He stepped up to the plate and said, ‘I want to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for what I did.’ I ad­mire that.”

White said he be­lieved they had a winnable case.

Fisk will have to un­dergo a drug and al­co­hol eval­u­a­tion as well as coun­sel­ing, and at­tend a vic­tim im­pact panel.

Fisk, who has a Florida driver’s li­cense but lives part time in New Lenox, Ill., was found Oct. 22 passed out in­side a pickup truck in a farm field. A bot­tle of vodka was also found in­side the ve­hi­cle.

Mar­lins: John Maine is hop­ing to re­turn to the ma­jors with Mi­ami.

The pitcher has signed a mi­nor league con­tract with the Mar­lins and will com­pete for the fifth spot in its ro­ta­tion.

The 31-year-old righthander had a record of 41-36 with an ERA of 4.35 from 2004 to 2010 with the Ori­oles and Mets.

Hideki Mat­sui retires from base­ball: Free agent slug­ger Hideki Mat­sui, the 2009 World Se­ries MVP, re­tired Thurs­day from pro­fes­sional base­ball, say­ing he is no longer able to per­form at the level that made him a star.

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