Ex-MLB Star Mondesi Jailed for 8 Years Over Corruption

Raul Mondesi served as mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic for six years. More

Former MLB player Raul Mondesi was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison in the Dominican Republic after being charged with embezzling the equivalent of millions of dollars.

Mondesi spent 13 years in Major League Baseball before becoming the mayor of San Cristobal in 2010.

During his time in MLB, Mondesi won the 1994 Rookie of the Year, two Gold Gloves and had an All-Star appearance in 1995. Three staff members of Mondesi were also given prison sentences. 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.

As part of the sentencing, Mondesi can not hold any public office in the Dominican Republic for a period of 10 years. In 2010 he was elected mayor of his hometown of San Cristobal, a city of 275,000. He was acquired by the Blue Jays during the 1999 offseason, along with pitcher Pedro Borbon from the Dodgers.

The outfielder would end his career hitting.273/.331/.485 with 271 home runs and 229 stolen bases earning a career wins above replacement of 29.4.

Mondesi would be traded two more times during his Major League Baseball career, which he finished with 271 home runs, 860 runs batted in and 1,525 games played.

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