A Dominican Republic court has sentenced former major league baseball player Raul Mondesi to a prison term of eight years for mishandling public funds and corruption, while he was mayor of San Cristobal his hometown.
In 1994 Mondesi was named the Rookie of the Year in the National League while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since February of this year, Mondesi has been held on house arrest while awaiting his trial.
The panel of three judges also gave Mondesi a fine equal to $1.27 million for the defrauding of over $6 million during the time he was the San Cristobal mayor between 2010 and 2016. Three staff members of Mondesi were also given prison sentences.
As part of the sentencing, Mondesi cannot hold any public office in the Dominican Republic for a period of 10 years.
During his 13-year pro baseball career, Mondesi, who is 46, played for the Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta Braves. He retired from baseball in 2005.
In the 1994 season when he won the NL rookies of the year honors the season was cut short due to a player strike. In 1995, he was selected to play for the NL All-Stars in the midsummer classic.
While with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mondesi won two Gold Glove awards. According to an online site that tracks earnings for major league baseball players shows that during his playing career Mondesi earned nearly $66.5 million.
Mondesi also played three seasons with the Blue Jays. He was acquired by the Blue Jays during the 1999 offseason, along with pitcher Pedro Borbon from the Dodgers. Los Angeles in exchange received Shawn Green along with Jorge Nunez.
The hard-nosed outfielder would play for the Blue Jays until the 2002 summer, when he was traded by Toronto to American League East rivals the New York Yankees in exchange for Scott Wiggins a pitcher.
Mondesi ended his career with a lifetime batting average of .273, 271 home runs, 860 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .331.
Raul Mondesi Jr. who plays for the Kansas City Royals is batting .160, with 1 home run and 3 RBIs, this season with a career line of .179, 3 home runs and 16 RBIs. He is just 22 and has played just parts of two seasons with the Royals.