Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Former Diamondbacks outfielder Raul Mondesi sentenced to 8 years in prison

Former Diamondbacks outfielder Raul Mondesi sentenced to 8 years in prison

Mondesi will be prohibited from holding any public office in the country for 10 years. He last played in 2005.

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.

He has reportedly been under house arrest since February while awaiting trial. 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. He initially ran on the ballot of the Dominican Liberation Party, but switched to the Dominican Revolutionary Party over a year later.

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Details are scarce in regards to the facts in issue surrounding the corruption conviction but the entire incident is an unfortunate blemish for a respected baseball family. In 2001, the cannon-armed Mondesi led the American League among right fielders with 18 assists. In 1995, he was selected to play for the NL All-Stars in the midsummer classic.

Mondesi ended his career with a lifetime batting average of.273, 271 home runs, 860 RBIs and an on-base percentage of.331. In 2014, the Royals speedster tweeted a photo of the Mondesi clan including his father titled "Love My Family".

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