By PRIYANKA TILVE
Former Major League Baseball star Danny Tartabull is the “Most Wanted” deadbeat dad in Los Angeles after failing to pay more than $275,000 in child support for his two sons, according to the Los Angeles County Child Support Services.
Tartabull, who hit 262 home runs over his 14-season career, was charged in January 2011 with failing to pay child support for his sons Zach and Quinten. He pleaded no-contest but failed to meet the terms of his probation.
When he failed to show up for his 180-day jail sentence a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Los Angeles County Child Support Services. The warrant for Tartabull’s arrest has now been out for over a year.
His name and photo were added this week to the new wanted poster issued by L.A. County officials.
Tartabull earned more than $30 million over his big league career, including signing a five-year $25 million contract with the New York Yankees in 1991. According to the wanted poster, the former star owes almost as much as the other four men on the “Most Wanted” poster combined.
Tartabull was born in Puerto Rico and started his pro baseball career in 1984 with the Seattle Mariners.
He later joined the Kansas City Royals where he was selected to the All-Star team in 1991. He played for the New York Yankees from 1992-95 and ended his career after the 1997 season playing for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Tartabull’s older son Zach was a California high school football star and is now a male model, according to various reports. His younger son Quentin will graduate from a California high school next year, and has verbally committed to University of California as a defensive back, according to California.scout.com.
Tartabull faces arrest and more jail time if he’s apprehended.