Raul Mondesi, a former MLB Rookie of the Year and All-Star, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption while he served as mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic.
The outfielder, who broke into the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1993, went into politics after retiring from baseball in 2005.
Mondesi became mayor of his hometown San Cristobal in 2010 but switched allegiances from the Dominican Liberal Party to the Dominican Revolutionary Party in the first year of his six-year term.
The 46-year-old was under investigation in 2015 for alleged misappropriation of more than $200million and that led to Mondesi and others being accused of handling funds in a discretionary manner without following the correct protocols.
A local court found him guilty of criminal activity and for putting San Cristobal’s resources in jeopardy during his tenure as mayor.
He has been sentenced to eight years in prison, fined 60 million pesos ($1.26m/£935k) and barred from campaigning for political office for ten years according to reports in the Dominican Republic.
For Kansas City Royals fans confused by the headline, don’t worry. Mondesi’s son, also named Raul Mondesi, is an infield prospect in the Royals organization. He made history by becoming the first player ever to make his MLB debut in the World Series.
OMG another Grand Slam for Raul Mondesi Jr in Omaha ? pic.twitter.com/umNeGGoEMU
— JKuhn (@h8rproof82) July 9, 2017
His dad never did quite make it that far but hit a respectable .271/.331/.485 over 13 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Anaheim Angels and Atlanta Braves.
Mondesi, like his son, burst onto the scene with a bang and was the 1994 National League Rookie of the Year before making the All-Star team a year later and going on to win two Gold Gloves.
In total, he hit 271 home runs and collected 860 RBI while playing in two NLDS’ with the Dodgers and an ALDS with the Yankees in 2002.
Mondesi’s son, after being demoted to the minors by the Royals, looks like he is starting to become what Kansas City had expected. Let’s just hope this news doesn’t stall his development as he looks to cement his place in the majors for next season.