Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge, two months after police found him asleep in his pickup truck in a suburban Chicago cornfield.
Fisk, 64, was sentenced to one year of court supervision and must pay $1,250 in court costs. He also must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and counseling.
Fisk's attorney, Stephen White, said in Will County (Ill.) court that Fisk wanted to accept responsibility for what he did.
''He stepped up to the plate,'' White said.
New Lenox police found Fisk unconscious in the truck on Oct. 22 and said there was an open bottle of vodka on the floor. New Lenox is about 35 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.
Fisk became part of an unforgettable baseball moment while playing for the Red Sox when he belted a 12th-inning home run that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. He played 11 seasons with the Red Sox and 13 with the Chicago White Sox.
Matsui will retire
Outfielder Hideki Matsui is set to retire after a two-decade-long career split evenly across the major leagues and Japan's Yomiuri Giants, according to a report from Japanese media outlet Sanspo.
The 38-year-old last played with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012, but was released in August after he appeared in 34 games.
Matsui arrived in the US 10 years ago this month, when he signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Yankees. At the time, he was the highest-paid Japanese player in baseball.
In 10 major league seasons, the lefthanded hitter belted 175 homers and drove in 760 runs in 1,236 games.
His best season came in 2004, when he clubbed 31 homers and knocked in 108 runs, while batting .298.
Marlins sign Maine
John Maine is hoping to return to the majors with the Marlins.
The pitcher signed a minor league contract with Miami and will compete for the fifth spot in its rotation.
The 31-year-old righthander had a 41-36 record with an ERA of 4.35 from 2004-10 with the Orioles and Mets.
His best season was in 2007, when he went 15-10 with the Mets.
This year he went 8-5 with a 4.97 ERA in 16 games for the Yankees' Triple A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Jones’s deal honored
The Rakuten Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League plan to honor their one-year, $3.5 million deal with Andruw Jones, despite the former MLB outfielder's domestic battery charge.
Jones, 35, was arrested Christmas morning at his home in an Atlanta suburb and accused of dragging his wife down a staircase, grabbing her by the neck, and threatening to kill her. A sheriff's report said he spent about seven hours in jail before being released on $2,400 bond.
"We received a report it was a domestic fight which escalated," Rakuten Eagles president Yozo Tachibana told Japanese media.
"Unless there [are] any more big surprises, we intend to go ahead as planned with his contract."