Former Yankees pitcher sentenced to 40-to-60 years in jail after despicable crime

Sergio Mitre, who pitched for the New York Yankees, is about to go to jail for, it seems, the rest of his life. The former professional athlete was found guilty of raping and murdering a 22-month old child in July 2020, according to NJ Advance Media.

The 41-year-old Mitre performed the despicable act on the daughter of his then girlfriend, and was sentenced to 40-to-60 years in prison. The crime took place in Mexico, specifically in Saltillo, in the summer of 2020.

Here is what happened, per NJ Advance Media (details are disturbing):

“The helpless baby girl reportedly suffered a ruptured renal artery due to abdomen and back injuries suffered during the attack and died from hypovolemic shock. The mother, Liliana Ines, reportedly took her sick child to a local clinic, but the child was diagnosed only with stomach pain and sent home. When the baby’s conditioned worsened, she was taken by her mother to a Red Cross clinic, then rushed to a hospital, where she died.”

The former Yankees pitcher had a criminal record

The former Yankees hurler had a criminal history prior to that act. He had been arrested several days earlier for possession of marijuana, and in 2019, he had assaulted his girlfriend at a Mexico hotel.

He played for the Yankees in 2009, 2010, and a portion of 2011, with mixed results (he was good in 2010, with a 3.33 ERA in 54 innings, but was lousy in the other two seasons).

As a major leaguer, he retired with a 13-30 record and a 5.21 ERA in 64 games, 40 as a starter. He was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He could only accumulate 2.6 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) over his eight-year career.

The report states that Mitre endured a difficult childhood while living in Tijuana, Mexico, where he used to fight a lot.