One-time Diamondbacks OF Raul Mondesi sentenced on embezzling charges

Jul 9, 2024, 7:38 AM

Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Raul Mondesi...

Raul Mondesi #43 of the Arizona Diamondbacks comes out of the game after injuring himself against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game on September 16, 2003 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Former Major League Baseball outfielder Raúl Mondesi was sentenced Friday by a Dominican court to six years and nine months in jail and fined $507,000 for corruption during his time as mayor in the city of San Cristobal.

Prosecutors accused the 53-year-old Mondesi of embezzling $5 million during his time as mayor between 2010 and 2016. The sentence came after a deal with the prosecutors’ office.

Mondesi, whose son Adalberto Mondesi was a big league shortstop, spent six years under house arrest, which means his sentence has already been completed.

Mondesi’s career also includes stints with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta Braves. He finished his career with an average of .273, 271 homers and 860 RBIs.

His career with the D-backs spanned 45 games in 2003 after he was acquired from the New York Yankees in a deal that included outfielder David Dellucci, reliever Bret Prinz and minor leaguer John Prowl.

Over that run before leaving as a free agent, Mondesi slashed .302/.372/.512 with 49 hits and 22 RBIs.

With the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mondesi won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1994 and played in the All-Star Game one year later. The Dominican was in MLB for 13 seasons and won two Gold Gloves.

Mondesi’s political career started in San Cristobal, which he represented as a lawmaker between 2006 and 2010. After his time as mayor, he bid for the senate but failed.

Dominican prosecutors brought several charges against Mondesi, including falsification of documents, criminal association and malfeasance.

Adalberto, his son, started his career with the Kansas City Royals in the World Series they won in 2015. He is currently a free agent after he suffered a knee injury in March 2023.

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