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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
 
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: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Hey look at the picture its Ramos pointing up. We need to pray for him. Everyone please.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Typically the case will end with a cash payout and he will be let go.
The figure is the problem since he is only making something in the 100 grand range.  I suggest that if they don't get more than his salary there will be a problem to prove a point to this ridiculous Venezualan nation and this constant kidnapping issue.

This is pretty sad and expected from a number of South American countries.  I see a number of posts making fun of this but it is no laughing matter.  The laugh is the people commenting so rudely.  Why don't you read about the number of U.S. companies doing business in South America and put yourself in their position, because you are a target.  Travel there for you job. 

The fact is that this person can't go home to his country and live a decent life.  The unfortunate thing is that he has to move after this incident or live there under this crazy regime.





Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

He is not running for re-election. Paying for his trips to Cuba for chemo



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

What a Ahole thing to say....I am typically a smart @ss, but you take jerk to a new level.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Just find him !



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

DAMN IT!!!!! I WAS GOING TO TARGET HIM IN NEXT YEAR'S FANTASY DRAFT, GUESS I GOTTA FIND ANOTHER CATCHERLaughing




Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

I know that there is family and roots in your homeland, but, it seems once one gains "fame & fortune," albeit minor here in the the US, he would seek to move himself and family away from a known hotbed for this sort of thing to happen. I guess its one of those "it won't happen to me" things. Maybe he had plans to do that and the perps got wind and decided to get him while they could. Let's all feel thankful that here in the States we don't have to worry about this, at least for now. When I win the lottery, the Porche will only come out once a month at midnight....Cool




Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

I certainly hope a certain Tigers MVP candidate isn't a target(Cabrera). Oh yeah, Maggs, too



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Hugo Chavez is probably staging these kidnappings to help pay for his re-election



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:10 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

In South America, these cases usually don't end poorly.  They get some money out of em, and away they go.


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