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Jose Rijo has been charged with money laundering in the Dominican Republic

Jul 30, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

Jose Rijo

Jose Rijo: really underrated pitcher. Also: he’s had a hot mess of a post-playing career. The latest:

A prosecutor in the Dominican Republic says 1990 World Series MVP Jose Rijo has been charged with laundering money for a suspected drug trafficker.

Prosecutor Soraime Vargas says about 80 percent of the assets of fugitive drug suspect Avelino Castro were in Rijo’s name. Those assets allegedly include two hotels and a sports complex. Vargas announced money laundering charges against the former pitcher at a news conference Monday. Prosecutors asked a court to order Rijo to remain in the country but did not seek his arrest.

The drug suspect, by the way, is suspected of kidnapping and murdering people. And as the article says, he’s now a fugitive. Fugitives often need clean sources of money, so hey hey.

This has all been simmering since last September, by the way, when authorities first tried to question Rijo about it all but he kept refusing to show up.  Then there was that bit a few years back when he was neck-deep in the international prospect shenanigans that brought down Jim Bowden in Washington.

He had nasty stuff back in the day. Now: more nastiness.

  1. sabatimus - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Castro? I bet Ozzie defends Rijo.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    He didnt deserve his World Series MVP. Billy Hatcher had a much better Series and deserved it.

  3. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Amongst the least shocking stories on Hardball Talk this year.

  4. largebill - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Unless I’m thinking of the wrong guy, he’s had issues in the past. Wasn’t he married to a HoF pitcher’s (Marichal?) daughter and it ended ugly with allegations of abuse?

  5. dexterismyhero - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Blame it on Rijo!!!!

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