Wilson Ramos Kidnapped

9 Nov

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News came out within the past hour that former Twins catching prospect and current Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped from his home in Venezuela. According to reports, he was approached by four gunmen. His family has not yet heard from Ramos, having only talked to the police.

Obviously this is a scary situation. The Twins have a great relationship with Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. However, the organization made a decision a few years ago to remove themselves from the Venezuelan Summer League due to the violence that is frequent in the country. Sadly, this is not an unusual occurrence. I have a friend who was in Venezuela several years ago and he was robbed at gunpoint twice in a year. Ramos is not the first Twin or former Twins player to be robbed at gun point this offseason. It is a scary situation.

In fact, if I was the Twins brass, I would bring every player from the Venezuelan Winter League. See if they can play in Puerto Rico. Anywhere but Venezuela. The sad thing is that Ramos is from Venezuela. He lives there. His family lives there. That is his home and not even he is safe there. It’s a sad situation.

But for now, the attention has to be on Wilson Ramos and getting him back to safety. Baseball simply isn’t all that important, is it? I’m certain more and more details will come up, but thoughts and prayers certainly go out to Ramos, his family and his baseball family!

Feel free to comment.

13 Responses to “Wilson Ramos Kidnapped”

  1. Dave November 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    According to the Washington Post, “Ramos, 24, had gone home for the winter and planned to participate in roughly 10 games with Tigres de Aragua. He is one of the Nationals’ best, most promising players, a rookie this past season who became the Nationals’ regular catcher.”

  2. royhoo November 10, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    As an immigration lawyer who has worked with Twins’ players and other Venezuelan players, there is very little that can convince them not to go home for the winter. They all want permanent residence so they have the choice, but only those players in relationships with American or other non-Venezuelan women say — the rest all go home. That will have to change quickly as the political situation is far too unsettled for people with such incredible relative wealth to risk. Especially considering the potential instability caused by Hugo Chavez’ questionable health.

    Cory Caouette ccaouette@bsis.com

    • roger November 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

      Unfortunately that doesn’t solve the problem. Ramos is the first player kidnapped. Most kidnappings have been family, ie, mostly mothers. It isn’t practical or likely that players will ever be able to get all of their families out of the country.

    • Seth November 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

      You are right. My point was more about US players going there. The guys from Venezuela are citizens there. Minor Leaguers and someone like Ramos who hasn’t made a ton of money yet, isn’t ‘rich’ enough probably to just move. It’s a process. So, I don’t know if there is an answer.

  3. Jeff P November 10, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Wow, how horrible. I pray everything turns out ok.

    You are right Seth, it does put things in perspective.

  4. mike wants wins November 10, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Just awful. I get why a native would go home, but I have no idea why a wealthy person would go there publicly (not that minor league players are wealthy, which might be why they feel safe going there). Just awful.

  5. Jeffery Luitjens November 10, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    What Twins prospects are down there there? Isn’t Benson down there? It sounds like a good time to send them to another league.

    • Seth November 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

      Benson is still in VZ but he’s done playing and is going to be back by the weekend. I haven’t heard from Tosoni. he hasn’t played in awhile, but i have no report on if he’s back in Canada, or if he’s still there. Andy Baldwin is down there. Lots of minor leaguers from VZ are there.

  6. Kanonen80 November 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Venezuelan authorities confirmed that Ramos is still alive. It sounds like they have been in contact with the kidnappers, but it’s hard to confirm since they won’t elaborate, only saying that they confirm he is alive.

  7. roger November 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    With this environment surrounding them, it is easy to understand how the numbers of foreigners (Benson, Tosoni, Hughes last year) don’t put of good numbers. I would hope the Twins have advised both Benson and Tosoni to get outta Dodge, effective yesterday.

  8. James November 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    If you want to read about the horrors of traveling to Venezuela – check out the US state department travel warnings. Minor league players go there because their agents tell them they need the exposure to scouts and to get some visibility.
    Kevin Mulvey and Rob Delaney just finished their time there and the Twins Anthony Slama heads there by the end of November and will stay until after the new year. All three sent by their agent. I leave it up to the readers to draw their own conclusion about the agents that send these players to someplace as dangerous as Venezuela.

    • Seth November 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

      Great post James! Good point about the agents. It’s more money for them and an opportunity for the player to be seen.

      Bromberg was supposed to go down there, but another event a few weeks ago made him say he’s not going there.

      The thing is Puerto Rico only has so many openings for foreign players.

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