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Esteban Loaiza, ex-MLB pitcher and husband of Jenni Rivera, suspected of possessing 44+ pounds of narcotics

By in Press Enterprise on February 12, 2018

By City News Service Esteban Loaiza, seen above pitching for the Dodgers on April 27, 2008 in Los Angeles, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing more than 44 pounds of narcotics. He was married to singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a 2012 plane crash. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Antonio Loaiza, who started eight games over parts of two seasons with the Dodgers and was married to late singer Jenni Rivera, was in a San Diego-area jail today on suspicion of possessing more than 44 pounds of illicit narcotics, jail records showed.

Loaiza, 46, was arrested by San Diego County sheriff’s deputies and booked into a jail in Chula Vista in San Diego County shortly before 6 p.m. Friday, according to jail records. He was being held today in lieu of $200,000 bail on suspicion of felony possession of more than 44 pounds of heroin or cocaine and two felony counts of transporting and possessing narcotics with intent to sell.

Loaiza started five games for the Dodgers as a 35-year-old in 2007, going 1-4 with an 8.34 earned run average. He pitched 24 innings for the Dodgers in 2008 over seven games, including three starts, finishing that stint 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA.

Despite his two mostly unsuccessful stints with the Dodgers, Loaiza was a two-time All Star who won 126 games in his career, the second most for a Mexican-born pitcher behind Dodger legend Fernando Valenzuela. Loaiza’s best season came with the Chicago White Sox in 2003 when he won 21 games, recorded a 2.9 ERA and finished second in American League Cy Young voting.

Loaiza also pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals and Oakland A’s. He last pitched in 2008 for the White Sox and finished […]    

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