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Raúl Mondesi sentenced to 6 years in prison in the Dominican Republic

Raúl Mondesi sentenced to 6 years in prison in the Dominican Republic
Raúl Mondesi sentenced to 6 years in prison in the Dominican Republic

Former Major League Baseball outfielder Raúl Mondesi was sentenced by a Dominican court on Friday to six years and nine months in prison and a $507,000 fine for corruption during his time as mayor of the city of San Cristobal.

Prosecutors accuse Mondesi, 53, of embezzling $5 million during his time as mayor between 2010 and 2016. The sentence came after a plea deal with prosecutors.

Mondesi, whose son Adalberto Mondesi was a key shortstop, has spent six years under house arrest, meaning his sentence is already complete.

With the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mondesi won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1994 and played in the All-Star Game a year later. The Dominican played 13 seasons in the MLB and won two Gold Gloves.

Mondesi’s career also included stints with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbecks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta Braves. He finished his career with a .273 average, 271 homers and 860 RBIs.

Mondesi’s political career began in San Cristobal, where he served as a legislator between 2006 and 2010. After his time as mayor, he ran for the Senate, but was unsuccessful.

Dominican prosecutors have charged Mondesi on several charges, including forgery of documents, criminal involvement and misconduct.

Adalberto, his son, started his career with the Kansas City Royals in the World Series which they won in 2015. He is currently a free agent after suffering a knee injury in March 2023.