Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Former Diamondbacks outfielder Raul Mondesi sentenced to 8 years in prison

Former Diamondbacks outfielder Raul Mondesi sentenced to 8 years in prison

Former major leaguer Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption during his time as mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic, Hector Gomez reported on Wednesday. Since February of this year, Mondesi has been held on house arrest while awaiting his trial.

Mondesi played for seven Major League Baseball teams from 1993-2005, including the Diamondbacks in 2003. Three staff members of Mondesi were also given prison sentences. He ran as part of the Dominican Liberation Party in the 2010 election but later switched to the Dominican Revolutionary Party. He retired from baseball in 2005.

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During Mondesi's six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the outfielder won the 1994 NL Rookie of the Year, was named an NL All-Star (1995), and won two Gold Glove awards.

While with the Jays, Mondesi would slash.251/.328/.470 with 66 round trippers and 61 stolen bases in 320 games. Mondesi was eventually traded to the New York Yankees in July 2002.

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Mondesi, 46, was a career.273 hitter who recorded 271 home runs with seven different teams.

One of his sons, Raul Mondesi Jr., is a 22-year-old shortstop with the Royals who signed with the organization for $2 million as a 16-year-old in 2011.

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