JUST IN: Former Blue Jay sentenced to 6 years in jail

“He spent parts of three seasons with Toronto after being traded for Shawn Green.”

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Raul Mondesi was sentenced Friday by a Dominican court to six years and nine months in jail and fined $507,000 for corruption during his tenure as mayor of San Cristobal.

Prosecutors accused the 53-year-old Raul Mondesi of embezzling $5 million during his tenure as mayor from 2010 to 2016. The sentence was part of a deal with the prosecutors’ office. Mondesi, who is the father of big league shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, had already completed his sentence after spending six years under house arrest.

As an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mondesi won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1994 and played in the All-Star Game the following year. The Dominican native enjoyed a 13-season career in Major League Baseball, earning two Gold Gloves.

 

Mondesi also played for the Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Angels, and Atlanta Braves. He finished his career with a .271 batting average, 271 home runs, and 860 RBIs.

 

He spent parts of three seasons with Toronto after being traded for Shawn Green.

Raul Mondesi’s political career began in San Cristobal, where he served as a lawmaker from 2006 to 2010. Following his term as mayor, he ran for the senate but was unsuccessful.

 

Dominican prosecutors charged Mondesi with several offenses, including document falsification, criminal association, and malfeasance.

 

His son, Adalberto Mondesi, began his Major League Baseball career with the Kansas City Royals and was part of their 2015 World Series-winning team. As of now, he is a free agent after suffering a knee injury in March 2023.

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