July 31, 2004 |
The Angels on Friday became the second team this season to terminate the contract of Raul Mondesi after the troubled outfielder had taken an unauthorized leave of absence to return to the Dominican Republic and repeatedly missed appointments to rehabilitate his torn right thigh muscle. "The decision was made because he had an obligation to show up and try and get better," Angel General Manager Bill Stoneman said of Mondesi, who hit .
May 5, 1997 |
Dodger right fielder Raul Mondesi has staked out his territory in the clubhouse, putting a Dominican Republic flag over his stall. "It's just something different." Mondesi said of the flag, which was given to him by Manny Mota. "Last year Nike put the flag on the back of my shoes." But right field is really Mondesi's territory. Mondesi showed why he's one of the best defensive outfielders, making a running over-the-shoulder catch of a first-inning drive by Mark Grace.
August 17, 1999 |
In an attempt to put the unpleasantness behind them, all the principles involved in last week's Raul Mondesi outburst-- Mondesi, Dodger President Bob Graziano, General Manager Kevin Malone, Manager Davey Johnson and Mondesi's agent, Jeff Moorad-- met for 90 minutes Monday at Dodger Stadium to discuss the events. "Everyone involved did their best to put the events of last week behind them. The spirit of the meeting was positive," Moorad said. "Raul apologized to Kevin and Davey personally.
August 21, 1999 |
Trying to finish the season quietly, Dodger right fielder Raul Mondesi has declined to comment further on his situation. Mondesi reaffirmed Friday that he won't speak about the fallout from his expletive-filled tirade Aug. 11 aimed at General Manager Kevin Malone and Manager Davey Johnson. Instead, Mondesi said he's going to keep his mouth shut and wait for things to be resolved during the off-season.
July 13, 2004 |
A six-week investigation has uncovered no evidence that outfielder Raul Mondesi skirted baseball rules so he could abandon the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates and subsequently sign with the Angels, the major league executive leading the probe said Monday. "It had an unfortunate appearance of manipulation," executive vice president Sandy Alderson said. "But, as far as we can tell, it was not a manipulation of the system."
May 11, 2004 |
Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Raul Mondesi, his pay withheld for most of the season because of a civil suit, will sit out the rest of the year, he said Monday. "I won't play another game this season," Mondesi told Associated Press. "I can't concentrate well enough to play baseball. I don't want to become a distraction for the team. This is the best for the Pirates, for myself and my family." Mondesi, 33, said the decision was only for this year and he could return next season.