​Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza was shockingly ​arrested earlier this year for allegedly running a drug trafficking ring, and the legal process does not seem to be going well for the 46-year-old.

When Loaiza appeared in court yesterday, he was practically unrecognizable compared to what most fans remember.

​​Loaiza had a successful 14-year professional baseball career. He played for eight teams and accumulated a 4.65 ERA, but was a two-time All-Star and nearly won a Cy Young Award in 2003 with the White Sox.

Seeing Loaiza fall to such depths is disheartening. He was one of the best starters in the league for a time, and got paid well for his handiwork. But his future may involve federal prison.

This goes beyond "don't meet your heroes." This man has serious problems, and the odds cannot possibly be in his favor.