The man who once got paid $2 million to play in just three games for the Phillies is the “most wanted” deadbeat dad in a Southern California community.
Ex-Major Leaguer Danny Tartabull tops L.A. County’s “Most Wanted List” of non-custodial parents who owe thousands in back child support.
Tartabull, who also became a household name beyond baseball after appearing in a couple of Seinfeld episodes, owes more than $276,000 in back child support for his two sons, according to the Los Angeles Count Child Support Services Department.
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Tartabull, a native of Puerto Rico who is now 50, pleaded no contest for failing to support his sons in 2011. When he failed to comply with the terms of his probation, Tartabull was ordered to serve a 180-day jail sentence, according to L.A. CCSSD.
An arrest warrant for failure to appear was issued and ever since, the former All-Star has been on the run, according to authorities.
The former Phillie played in just three games (making just 11 plate appearances with zero hits) for the 1997 Phightins before getting injured and that was after he signed a $2-million contract with the team. The deal is wildly regarded as one of the worst in Phillies history but made up only a small fraction of the nearly $33 million Tartabull earned over his 14 Major League seasons.
NBC10 attempted to reach a representative for Tartabull but a spokesperson for the booking company Athlete Promotions, which lists him for potential appearances on their website, said the company does not have any contact with Tartabull and that he hasn’t been booked for anything in some time.
The sons to which Tartabull owes child support are Zach, a former high school football star who now models, and high school football standout Quintin, according to various published reports.