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Raúl Mondesí
Right fielder
Born: March 12, 1971 (1971-03-12) (age 38)
San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
July 19, 1993 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
May 27, 2005 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
Batting average     .273
Home runs     271
Runs batted in     860
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Raúl Ramón Mondesí Avelino (born March 12, 1971, in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball player and current Dominican member of congress. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1994 as a right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was also awarded a Gold Glove Award in 1995 and 1997 as an outfielder.

Career

Throughout his career, Mondesí exhibited obvious physical gifts of speed, power, and a rocket arm (one of the best in baseball history, often compared favorably with that of Roberto Clemente), which were offset by poor plate discipline and attitude issues. Despite his sometimes surly behavior, Mondesi would always hustle and often make a "big turn" at first base, even when he had no chance of obtaining a double. He seemed most at home when in the field, where his dead run into "belly buster" dives were a favorite of Dodger Stadium fans.

After beginning his major league career on July 19, 1993, with the Dodgers, for whom he played during seven seasons, Mondesí played for the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Anaheim Angels, and Atlanta Braves.

In 2003, Mondesi hit a respectable .272 with 24 HR and 71 RBIs with the Yankees and Diamondbacks. By the time he signed with the Pirates in February 2004 his career was clearly on the decline. By May he was talking of leaving the team for personal reasons in the Dominican Republic. He left the team on May 11, 2004 and his contract was terminated a week later, and after another 10 days, he signed with the Anaheim Angels. The deal was investigated by Major League Baseball, as the circumstances were questionable, but the Angels were cleared of any wrongdoing. Shortly after he signed with the Angels, he tore his quadricep and was placed on the disabled list. He was released by the Angels in July for not showing up for his rehab therapy. The Atlanta Braves signed Mondesi as a reclamation project in 2005 and proved once and for all that he was no longer a Major League caliber player, appearing in just 41 games and hitting 4 home runs.

Post-baseball Career

Raúl Mondesí is currently out of baseball and living in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic. He was fined as a result of stealing electricity in 2006. [1] The LA Times reported that on May 15, 2007, in a game that matched the Dodgers vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, Mondesi returned to Dodger Stadium as a spectator. When shown on the video board, fans showered him with his popular moniker, "Ra-ooooo-oool."

In May 2006, running on the ticket of the Dominican Liberation Party, he was elected to a seat in the Dominican Republic's Chamber of Deputies, representing his home province San Cristobal. In November 2007, he switched sides aligning himself with the Dominican Revolutionary Party after discrepancies with the government over humanitarian aid to be given to his province after Tropical Storm Noel.[2] [3]

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Preceded by
Mike Piazza
National League Rookie of the Year
1994
Succeeded by
Hideo Nomo
Preceded by
none
Players Choice NL Most Outstanding Rookie
1994
Succeeded by
Chipper Jones
Political offices
Preceded by
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Deputy of the Dominican Congress for San Cristobal
2006 – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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Simple English

Raul Mondesi is a baseball player who was born on March 12, 1971. He was born in the Dominican Republic. He has played with the New York Yankees. He is a Pisces. He is 5'11" and weighes 202 pounds.


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