Former Pitcher Esteban Loaiza Arrested

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Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested on drug charges Friday, and the details surrounding the arrest make it clear police were not dealing with an isolated incident.

His best season came with the Chicago White Sox in 2003, when Loaiza won 21 games and finished second in voting for the Cy Young Award.

Loaiza had his bail set at $200,000. After searching the vehicle, deputies found a sophisticated aftermarket compartment which is used to seal contraband. Investigators then obtained a warrant to search Loaiza home where they found the alleged cocaine.

During his time with the A's in 2006 Loriza was arrested for driving his Ferrari at 120mph on a freeway and later failed a sobriety test. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. In 1999, he started game three of the American League Division Series against the Yankees, throwing seven strong innings in a Rangers loss.


The San Diego County Sheriff's Department reported that authorities had been closely watching Loazia prior to his arrest.

A former pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers was in jail Monday on suspicion of possession of more than 40 pounds of illegal narcotics, according to jail records. Loaiza's career ended in 2008 when he was released by the White Sox.

Loaiza pitched for eight teams throughout his Major League Baseball career, posting a 126-114 record with 1,382 strikeouts.

This is a new one: Esteban Loaiza, drug kingpin. He made just over $43.7 million in his major league career, according to the website baseball-reference.com. The "Diva de la Banda" was considered to be the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, selling more than 15 million records, and acting in reality television before she was killed in a plane crash in 2012.

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