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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!
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