“No Tolerance Of This Type Of Behavior” | Former Yankee Sergio Mitre Sentenced To 50 Years For Rape And Murder Of Child

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Tragedy has struck the professional baseball ranks.

Former Yankees pitcher Sergio Mitre, who won a World Series ring with the 2009 Yankees, was found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s daughter.

On July 13, 2020, Mitre was arrested in Mexico on drug possession charges; however, he was charged with rape and murder three days later. Last week he was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the July 2020 killing and sexual assault.

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An Unspeakable Crime

According to reports, the attack occurred in July 2020 in Saltillo, Mexico. According to reports, the victim was only a 22-month-old child named Ines; she ultimately died of hypovolemic shock, where severe blood loss prevents the heart from pumping enough blood through the body.

In addition, the prosecutor’s office reportedly said that she suffered abdomen and back injuries and a ruptured artery which led to internal bleeding from the attack. According to reports, an autopsy revealed Ines had been sexually assaulted.

According to prosecutors, Mitre punched Ines in her lower back after arguing with the child’s mother. After the attack, the child’s mother rushed her to Saltillo Children’s Hospital after she vomited and fainted, and ultimately, she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Indefinite Suspension

In addition to the league, Mitre’s most recent club, Saraperos de Saltillo, suspended him indefinitely after the charges were initially filed in 2020. A Los Angeles native, Mitre continued his career in the Mexican League.

“Our League strongly rejects and condemns any criminal behavior and especially acts of domestic violence that must be eradicated in our social environment,” the Mexican Baseball League released in a statement at the time.
“In our country, physical and verbal violence against women is a subject that requires the greatest of our attention. There will be no tolerance of this type of behavior in the Mexican Baseball League.”

Gone For Life

The crime was committed in the Mexican state of Coahuila, and Mitre stood before a three-judge tribunal. The crime carries a minimum sentence of 40 years for femicide, killing women or girls based on gender, and a maximum of 60.

Mitre was ordered to pay $66,429 in restitution. His estimated earnings in MLB were over $5 million.

Mitre, 41, grew up in the Tijuana-San Diego region playing on baseball fields on both sides. He attended Montgomery High School in South San Diego, although he was born in Los Angeles. Drafted in 2001 out of San Diego City College, Mitre made his Major League debut in 2003.

A Scorched Career

He played with the Chicago Cubs (2003-05), Florida Marlins (2006-07), New York Yankees (2009-11), and Milwaukee Brewers (2011). He pitched mainly as a starter from July through September of their title-winning 2009 club.

As a 40-year-old, he still posted a 6.79 ERA in 51⅔ innings that season and was left off the postseason roster. Mitre’s last pitch in the MLB was for the Yankees in 2011. He pitched in Mexican leagues before the allegations.

Although there is no death penalty in Mexico, a convicted individual can potentially receive a life sentence as long as parole is provided in 50 years.


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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.