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Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:57 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 10:39 am
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RamosBy Evan Brunell

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped, the Denver Post's bilingual website, VivaColorado.com, reports, with other media sources corroborating the news.

According to El Nacional, Ramos was approached by four gunmen outside his home and taken away. A source said that the kidnappers have yet to contact the family, but El Universal says the "Body of Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations" arm of the government has already set up operations at Ramos' home.

El Universal adds that Ramos was taken away in a green car. (UPDATE: The car has been found about an hour away from the where the abduction took place. And the kidnappers still have yet to contact the Ramos family).

Ramos hails from Venezuela, where there is a significant problem with kidnapping. Generally, these crimes are for money and Ramos was a logical target, given that his success in the majors earned him the right to a league-minimum contract, which was $414,500 in 2011. That's a lot of money to most people, especially in Venezuela.

Kidnappings are becoming more and more popular in Venezuela as a way to make money. Many kidnappings are called "express" kidnappings, as the Post writes. This type of kidnapping is when armed men drive a victim around until a ransom is paid.

A U.S. Department of State crime safety report says “groups that specialize in these types of crimes operate with impunity or fear of incarceration.”

Ramos had been planning on playing in around 10 games with the Tigres de Aragua, part of the Venezuelan Winter League, the Washington Post writes. Other Nationals are also in the country to play in the VWL, although none of them were going to be teammates with Ramos.

The 24-year-old just completed his rookie season with Washington, hitting .267/.334/.445 in 435 plate appearances, slugging 15 homers. The righty supplanted Ivan Rodriguez as the starting catcher early on and is expected to start at catcher next season.

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Comments

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:56 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped


& the beat goes on in 3rd World countries... Nothings ever going to change. When you get out, stay out. Americas far from perfect but at least your relatively safe from thugs...unless you go looking for em

Sure hope Ramos will be returned safely, come back here with his family & stay put
 



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:08 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Great comment.



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:07 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

These guys break their asses to get out of these countries and come here to live the American Dream - why the hell do they go back?!  Move the family here and say goodbye forever to these war-torn, poverty stricken countries.  Feel bad?  Send a check!
Hope he gets out of this okay. 



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:59 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Note to self: U.S. isn't the only problem w/kidnappings! Hope he isn't flaunting his bling-bling anymore in the poorest of societies. What....$450,000 is like millions to these poor folks. Similar to the 1% in our land of hope(NOT). If we could only kidnapp those .01% (like that could happen) our national debt would have a surplus. Gotta luv capitalism for the few, the proud, and the luckeeeeeeeeeeee.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:56 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Man... what a shame. I really hope he is returned without incident, and what an awful tragedy if he isn't. This has to be an eye opening event to a lot of professional athletes out there. As sad as it is, some of those players maybe shouldn't return home anymore once they've become stars in North America. That's not fair at all, but when your safety is put at risk like this in a kidnapping setting, it has to make others reconsider where they spend their offseasons, or maybe how much security they hire. 

Yeah, because people don't or have never kidnapped athletes in North America.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:53 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

And Hugo Chavez has been president since 1999.  Sounds like he is doing a wonderful job of making Venezuela a socialist utopia.



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:15 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Man... what a shame. I really hope he is returned without incident, and what an awful tragedy if he isn't. This has to be an eye opening event to a lot of professional athletes out there. As sad as it is, some of those players maybe shouldn't return home anymore once they've become stars in North America. That's not fair at all, but when your safety is put at risk like this in a kidnapping setting, it has to make others reconsider where they spend their offseasons, or maybe how much security they hire. 



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:03 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Note to self: Never go to f-ing Venezuela! I hope he is returned without incident. I guess Chavez's socialism isn't the utopia he makes it out to be!



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:54 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Am I missing something or where in the article did it mention Mexico?  Maybe Bosoxbucky should go back to Geography class and learn his continents ans countries? Oh, my bad, he's a Redsox fan.



Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:07 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

This stuff happens more and more today and I could never realize why some people go on vacation to Mexico where we constanly hear about americans leaving their resort and getting kidnapped


More of the same stuff happens out at sea with these pirates that roam the waters and try the very same ugly hs'.


World gone wrong as Bob Dylan once sang


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