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Former MLB Star Raul Mondesi Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Political Corruption
Former MLB star Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to eight years in prison for political corruption and embezzlement in his native Dominican Republic.
Mondesi retired from baseball in 2005. In 2010 he was elected mayor of his hometown of San Cristobal, a city of 275,000. He served in that post until 2016.
On Wednesday, a three-judge panel in the Dominican Republic convicted Mondesi of political corruption and embezzlement of public funds during his six years in office. They also fined him 60 million pesos—roughly $1.27 million USD—and forbade him from holding public office for 10 years.
Mondesi played 13 seasons in the big leagues. He played his first seven seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he won NL Rookie of the Year in 1994, received an All-Star nod in 1995, and took home Gold Gloves in 1995 and 1997. After that he bounced around the league, spending three years with the Blue Jays, two with the Yankees, and one each with the Diamondbacks, Pirates, Angels, and Braves.
Mondesi’s son, 22-year-old Raul Mondesi Jr., currently plays second base for the Kansas City Royals. Hopefully Royals fans will understand if he’s in a bit of a funk the next couple of weeks.
Hat Tip – [theScore]