Four-time All-Star Chuck Knoblauch pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor assault on his common-law wife. Knoblauch, a member of four World Series-winning teams, entered a guilty plea in exchange for probation with deferred adjudication. Knoblauch was also fined $1,000, and if he's able to complete his probation without incident, the assault conviction could be expunged from his record.
Knoblauch, who was named in 2007's Mitchell Report for suspected use of performance-enhancing drugs, landed in trouble again in September, when his wife lodged a criminal complaint that accused him of hitting her in the face and choking her at their Houston home. The former infielder was charged with a third-degree felony for assaulting a family member by choking but pleaded to a lesser charge.
Knoblauch, a first-round draftee in 1989, rose quickly through Minnesota's organization and was named the American League's Rookie of the Year in 1991. The Twins went on to win the World Series that year, and Knoblauch starred with Minnesota through the 1997 season. He later spent four seasons with the Yankees -- appearing in four straight World Series -- and wrapped up his career with Kansas City in 2002.
The former second baseman finished his career with a .289 batting average and 1,839 hits. Knoblauch, 41 years old, was a key cog during the Yankees' run of three straight World Series titles from 1998-2000. The one-time Gold Glove winner struggled with throwing the ball accurately in his last few seasons and was eventually moved to designated hitter and left field to keep his potent bat in the lineup.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.