Danny Tartabull, Former MLB All-Star, Named Top Deadbeat Dad, Owes $275K

Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 04:58 PM

By David Ogul

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Former Major League all-star Danny Tartabull has been named Los Angeles County’s latest top deadbeat dad and owes more than $275,000 in child support for his two sons, officials say.

He has been on the lam for more than a year, according to a report by ABC News.

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According to a document issued by the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department: “On January 24, 2011, Mr. Tartabull entered a plea of no contest to Penal Code Section 166(a)(4) for failing to support his two sons. He failed to comply with the terms of his probation and on May 2, 2012, he was ordered to surrender and serve 180 days in county jail. Mr. Tartabull failed to appear and the court issued a warrant for his arrest with bail set at $200,000. Mr. Tartabull is a former star baseball player.”

Tartabull earned about $33 million in his nearly 17-year career.

Baseball fans were not amused.

“Danny Tartabull - take care of home,” tweeted @ExamineBaseball.

“Disheartening story,” tweeted @levihenry.

Tartabull, now 50, began his Major League career with the Seattle Mariners in 1984, retiring 13 years later after an unsuccessful stint with the Philadelphia Phillies. The rightfielder’s best years came with the Kansas City Royals, including a 1987 season in which he hit 34 homers, collected 101 RBIs and batted .309.

Tartabull’s sons have carried on their father’s athletic ability, ABC News reports. Zach Tartabull starred as a high school football player, and his younger brother, Quentin, has verbally committed to playing at the University of California as a defensive back, according to California.scout.com.

Joining Tartabull on the Top 5 list of Los Angeles County deadbeat dads are two pastors, a store owner, and a bill collector.

Tartabull is not the biggest deadbeat dad on record. A New York man recently pleaded guilty to owing more than $1.2 million to three children from two failed marriages.

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