Former MLB All-Star Given Eight-Year Prison Sentence

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – A former MLB all-star has been given an eight-year prison sentence for public corruption, reported ESPN.

A court in the Dominican Republic has sentenced former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi, 46, to eight years in prison. The punishment was handed down for corruption and mishandling of public funds while serving as mayor of his hometown, San Cristobal.

Prior to being a National League all-star in 1995, Mondesi was Rookie of the Year with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994.

Mondesi had been under house arrest since February while awaiting trial.

The three-judge panel also fined Mondesi the equivalent of $1.27 million. The fine is the result of defrauding others more than $6 million during his time as mayor from 2010 to 2016. Moreover, three of Mondesi’s staff members also were sentenced.

The former MLB all-star will be prohibited from holding any public office in the country for 10 years.

Mondesi had a 13-year career in the major leagues. His best years were early in his career with the Dodgers. He was part of a major trade that shipped him to the Toronto prior to the 2000 season in exchange for Blue Jays all-star outfielder, Shawn Green.

In addition to playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays, Mondesi bounced around in the latter half of his career playing for the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels. He last played in 2005 for Atlanta.

The former MLB all-star and Rookie of the Year was also a two-time Gold Glove winner with the Dodgers. He was known to have a “cannon” for an arm playing right field. He finished with a career batting average of .273, hitting 271 homeruns with 860 RBI’s.

His cumulative earnings, according to baseball-reference.com, were $66,470,000.

After retiring from baseball, Mondesi became active in politics in the Dominican Republic, having also served in its chamber of deputies.

Finally, he can add “convicted official for public corruption” to his resume.

His son Raul Adalberto Mondesi currently plays for the Kansas City Royals. The younger Mondesi was born during his father’s all-star season of 1995 in Los Angeles.

(Photo source Chuck Thurmond circa 1998)

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