It was a rough weekend to say the least for former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who got popped with 44 (count ’em, FOURTY-FOUR!) pounds of heroin and cocaine in San Diego. That’s over 20 kilos if you’re familiar with the drug game. If you’re not, we’ll just say it’s a shit-load of drugs for somebody to be cruising around with.
Loaiza played 14 years in the MLB as a starting pitcher with 8 different teams and was an All-Star in 2003 and 2004 with the White Sox. Now it looks like he might be spending even more time than that in the clink.
Ex-Major League Baseball journeyman Esteban Loaiza was arrested Friday with more than 20 kilos of either cocaine or heroin, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Office, and is currently in jail on $200,000 bond.
Loaiza, 46, was charged with possessing and transporting narcotics for sale, according to sheriff’s records, which indicate he had more than 20 kilos — which translates to more than 44 pounds. He’s due in court Wednesday.
Loaiza pitched in the big leagues from 1995 to 2008, playing for eight different teams and even started the 2003 All-Star Game as a member of the Chicago White Sox. He’s the second-winningest Mexican pitcher in MLB history behind Fernando Valenzuela.
Who know’s if he has that kind of money to post bail. It could be why he’s been slinging these drugs in the first place. That might be the only reason a 14-year MLB vet makes the decision to dive headfirst into the narco game like this. 44 pounds of coke and heroin would turn a nice profit if you don’t get caught. That didn’t quite work out.
Now he’s dealing with these charges on his record.
Esteban was recently in Chicago for a White Sox fan fest