Esteban Loaiza, Who Made $43M As MLB Pitcher, Faces Life In Prison For Smuggling Tons of Cocaine
Esteban Loaiza had an illustrious career as a pitcher in Major League Baseball, that got him upwards of $43 million during his career that should’ve been enough to retire him.
It clearly wasn’t enough or he just got greedy and wanted more, because the two-time All-Star and former Chicago White Sox pitcher just pled guilty to felony cocaine possession with intent to distribute and now faces up to life in prison.
“As we previously reported, the 46-year-old was arrested in San Diego back in February after officials said he was trying to move more than $500,000 in cocaine from a house located near a school.
Officials say Loaiza was using “sophisticated” smuggling devices to hide the 22 kilos of coke.
He initially pled not guilty — but changed his plea. On Friday, he appeared in a San Diego federal courtroom to plead guilty to the charge.”
At the time of him being arrested, Loaiza couldn’t even come up with the $24,000 cash required to bond out of jail, despite the insane amount of money he made during his career. Loaiza is still tied for the most-ever wins in a season (21) by a Mexican-born pitcher.