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December 23, 2009 | By Kevin Baxter
When Raul Mondesi left baseball after 13 seasons as a major league outfielder, he returned to his dusty, overcrowded and impoverished hometown determined to make a difference. And both of the Dominican Republic's main political parties were only too happy to assist, with one helping him twice win election to the country's national Chamber of Deputies and another luring him away to run for mayor of the country's sixth-largest city. That's made the former Dodger and 1994 National League Rookie of the Year something of a rising electoral star here, though for reasons that have little to do with his politics.
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April 6, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
When former Dodgers outfielder Raul Mondesi watches Yasiel Puig, he is reminded of a player he knew well: Himself. But, Mondesi added, “He's bigger than me. He's like 6-4, huh?” Now the mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic, the 43-year-old Mondesi was back at Dodger Stadium on Sunday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was also collecting used clothes for his hometown. As Puig is today, Mondesi was a five-tool talent. The National League rookie of the year in 1994, Mondesi hit .273 with 271 home runs and 860 runs batted in over a 13-year career.
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April 21, 1995 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a sticky, smothering heat, suffocating the senses. The crowd doesn't feel like sitting around and watching the game. The players don't feel like playing it. The game ends in a loss to the Houston Astros. Although it's only a meaningless spring training game, everyone seemingly is in a rotten mood. The Dodgers hastily shower and head home.
SPORTS
July 6, 2010
Dodgers shortstop and leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal wasn't named to this year's National League All-Star team — as Manager Joe Torre and others said he should have been — but Furcal was named the NL player of the week Tuesday. The switch-hitting Furcal batted .538 (14 for 26) and scored nine runs in the week ended June 27 to help lead the Dodgers to a 5-1 record in the period. More recently, he entered Tuesday's game with a nine-game hitting streak in which he had batted .526.
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March 29, 1998 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Passion and pride have helped lift Raul Mondesi to heights unimagined by him, even in his dreams. And helped him uplift others. The star Dodger outfielder has traveled far quickly, but he hasn't forgotten where his journey began. The driving forces in his life have helped him become one of baseball's elite players, and Mondesi has generously shared his rewards with those less fortunate in his native Dominican Republic.
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October 9, 1994 | MARK NEWMAN, THE SPORTING NEWS
The 1994 baseball season will be remembered years from now for its premature end, but was it a complete waste of a season ticket? Not exactly. Here are 10 reasons why it meant at least something: 1. Davey Johnson. It seemed like just yesterday that he was begging baseball to take him back. Now he's recycled into the hot-commodity circuit.
SPORTS
July 31, 1999
After reading about Raul Mondesi's reaction to criticism for sitting in the bullpen when the Dodgers were at bat, I went to my dictionary to look up "uncoachable." Sure enough, there was a photo of Mondesi. JOE BARR, Playa del Rey
SPORTS
August 14, 1999
Well, let's get that [expletive] Mondesi the [expletive] out of here if the [expletive expletive] is so [expletive] unhappy about making 10 million [expletive] bucks a [expletive] year for batting a lowly [expletive] .248. I mean, what the [expletive] is going on here? If that [expletive expletive] thinks he could earn 10 [expletive] dollars an [expletive] hour, much less 10 [expletive] million [expletive] dollars a year, in the real [expletive] world, he's out of his [expletive] mind, such as it is. ALLEN E. KAHN Playa del Rey My response to reading Raul Mondesi's comments is that he can go bleep himself.
SPORTS
May 25, 1996
Raul Mondesi states the Dodgers have five guys able to hit home runs and proceeds to name Karros, Piazza, Blowers and himself. Could the fifth missing link be responsible for this year's batting slump? BOB THERRIEN Ventura For the past two months, we keep hearing how the ball is juiced. Yet the Dodger team batting average is .236 and the team earned-run average is 2.96. This should prove, finally, that there is no one left in L.A. who wants anything to do with the word "Juice."
SPORTS
September 19, 1998
I read that the new Dodger general manager, Kevin Malone, is slated to make changes in the minor league system. Does he not remember the Dodgers' five consecutive rookies of the year? This is all a result of the minor league system. Mike Piazza, Hideo Nomo, Eric Karros, Todd Hollandsworth and Raul Mondesi all came from the minor league system. I just think it is a sad commentary about the way that organizations are run today. In with the new and out with the old. . . . Is that really what baseball is all about, with no loyalty to staff and players?
WORLD
December 23, 2009 | By Kevin Baxter
When Raul Mondesi left baseball after 13 seasons as a major league outfielder, he returned to his dusty, overcrowded and impoverished hometown determined to make a difference. And both of the Dominican Republic's main political parties were only too happy to assist, with one helping him twice win election to the country's national Chamber of Deputies and another luring him away to run for mayor of the country's sixth-largest city. That's made the former Dodger and 1994 National League Rookie of the Year something of a rising electoral star here, though for reasons that have little to do with his politics.
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May 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
In a move that could lead to the end of Raul Mondesi's career, the Atlanta Braves called up outfielder Kelly Johnson to be the team's starting left fielder. Mondesi, hitting .211, was told he had lost his starting job in right field. Mondesi was given a couple of days to decide whether he wants to remain with the team in a lesser role. Johnson, hitting .
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July 31, 2004 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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 .
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July 13, 2004 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
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."
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May 31, 2004 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
Raul Mondesi made his Angel debut at designated hitter Sunday, and after going through a rigorous workout in Angel Stadium today, Mondesi is expected to take over as the regular center fielder Tuesday night against Boston. But what happens when Garret Anderson returns from his arthritic condition later this summer, Tim Salmon returns from an inflamed left knee in June, and there are limited at-bats for Mondesi, who signed a $1.75-million deal with the Angels Saturday?
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May 23, 2004 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
Outfielder Raul Mondesi remained without a team on Saturday but Manager Mike Scioscia, who fostered a relationship with the often-moody and tempestuous slugger when both were with the Dodgers (Scioscia as a coach, Mondesi as the right fielder), said Mondesi could conceivably find a home in Anaheim. Yet while Mondesi told Associated Press in his native Dominican Republic that the Angels were one of four teams, along with Boston, St.
OPINION
June 16, 1996
Re "Dodgers Drop the Ball at Kids' Event," June 11: I am a lifelong Dodger fan. I remember when I was a kid waiting outside Dodger Stadium after the 1977 World Series for Steve Garvey, my hero, to come out and sign autographs. He signed every last one for every last kid and stayed at the stadium much later than he probably had to. It was great! (I still have my autographed ticket.) As for Raul Mondesi, Roger Cedeno and Carlos Hernandez, well, they aren't heroes at all for what they did to those poor kids, they are just a bunch of losers.
SPORTS
January 31, 1998
Let me get this straight: Raul Mondesi has an average salary higher than Tom Glavine, Mike Piazza, Tino Martinez, Tony Gwynn, Frank Thomas, Larry Walker, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Mo Vaughn, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens and Ken Griffey Jr.? Fred Claire, my friends and I would like to invite you to our weekly poker game. We'll even pay your cab fare. BURT PRELUTSKY North Hills Congratulations to Fred Claire and the Dodgers for signing Raul Mondesi to a contract. Now, if they can sign Mike Piazza to a long-term deal, they will have locked up, through the end of the decade and beyond, the nucleus of a team that will fail either to get to the playoffs or win a playoff game.
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May 11, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
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April 26, 2004 | From Associated Press
Raul Mondesi threatened to leave the Pittsburgh Pirates if they don't pay him by the end of the month, then backed off his comments after meeting with team officials Sunday. "If by April 30 they don't pay me, I'll pack up my things and come back to the Dominican Republic," the outfielder said before a game against the Cincinnati Reds.
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