Blog Entry

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:57 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 10:39 am
 
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.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeonBaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:53 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped


A friend recently visited her family in South America - All she said was she will never return to that country with her 2 young children. She feared for their lives in broad daylight. The only difference in the Ramos situation is that the kidnappers don't want a ransom. They take the children and sell their body parts for use in transplant surgeries.


God Bless America!!!!



Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:15 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Sad, Wilson I wish you all the best, but what on earth are you thinking being caught rich and in Venezuela?  Evn God has left Venezuela. Good luck to you sir.



Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:33 am
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

All the news is about Joe Paterno right now. Shouldn't the focus be on the people victomized by the Penn State scandal or the fact that a major league baseball player's life is in jeopardy? I'm sure the Penn State victims don't want to be in the news, so let's focus on a man in true jeopardy at the momment.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

A source said that the kidnappers have yet to contact the family,
Contact the family, hell.  They're probably more interested in contacting the Nationals (though of course they probably can't do it directly).

I'll avoid any jokes about this ransom diverting money away from the Nats' player-acquisition budget, but I will say this in all seriousness: the major-league clubs should buy special insurance policies on Venezuelan players.  (And maybe they already do, for all I know.)



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

I work in Nigera. I know people who have been kidnapped two and three times. 3rd world countries seem to have a knack for this "industry". I even did an incident investigation on two workers who had been in a fist fight. In both of their written statements it was said that one of the men had kidnapped the other ones wife because one of them owed the other some money (they were from the same village). It wasn't even something withheld or denied. Definitely the most interesting investigation on a job site I've ever done.

I hope that Ramos is returned alive. 

 



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

 Holy crap this is horrible!  What a bunch of crap, shouldn't you celebrate a "home town" hero.  No let's kid nap him for his money.  This is rediculous and I'm going to shut my mouth before I start an International incident!  Total garbage on these people's part, and the want our respect, please.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Just read some of the comments on ESPN.  Wow is all I got to say.  People are making jokes about this.  That's pitiful.  The guy just got kidnapped for crying outloud and you're making jokes about it?  Pitiful.  People are just flat out stupid.  Everyone has to be a comedian on message boards.  I hope Ramos is ok, hopefully he returns safely.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Poohdaddy, you lowlife ! I wish the kidnappers could trade Ramos for your sorry butt ! You are cold-hearted, to say the least.

I pray that Mr. Ramos will be returned safely. If he is, he needs to move his family out of that country as soon as possible.



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

The regime doesn't cause the issue of kidnapping, as you point out yourself, this is a problem that affects all of the Americas, not just individual South American countries.



Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Note to self:  Between this and Chavez, never go to Venezuela...or buy Citgo gas for that matter.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com