In 2009, when Raul Mondesi was running for mayor of his Dominican Republic hometown of San Cristobal, his appeal to voters appeared to center on his fame as a former Dodgers star.
In a visit to San Cristobal during the campaign, Times staff writer Kevin Baxter wrote of Mondesi: "The closest he comes to a campaign pledge is repeating a desire to build a basketball court in every neighborhood."
The story is worth a read, because Mondesi is neither the first nor the last politician to capitalize on fame and fortune with little grasp of complex issues and how to solve them. We can say this much: Mondesi was elected, and his political life did not end well.
Mondesi also was prohibited from holding public office for 10 years. His six-year term as mayor expired last year; he had been under house arrest since February.
Mondesi, 46, played 13 years in the major leagues, the first seven with the Dodgers. He won the
He played 1,525 games in the major leagues but never appeared in the