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After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:00 am
 
By Matt Snyder

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was abducted in Venezuela Wednesday night. Many are expecting the kidnappers to be seeking a hefty ransom, but Ramos' family has still heard nothing from the assailants, 36 hours after the abduction took place (MASNSports.com).

One report from Thursday indicated the kidnappers could be part of a very savvy criminal organization and it's possible they'd be seeking upwards of $20 million for his safe return (SI.com). The scary part there is Ramos doesn't have anywhere close to that. He made $415,000 in his rookie season in 2011. There are deeper pockets in play, though. The Venezuelan government and Major League Baseball's Department of Investigations are on the case, and there's word even the FBI will become involved, even though Ramos isn't an American citizen (MASNSports.com).

It's entirely possible Ramos' relatively low salary is the reason the family hasn't heard anything from the kidnappers; that maybe if it's an organized crime group to blame, they're shooting to get a big payday from the MLB -- which could more than afford to pay.

Thursday, Venezuelan authorities found the vehicle that is believed to be the one used to kipnap Ramos. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like a huge lead, because it was reportedly a stolen vehicle.

All reports indicate Ramos is still alive, but the longer the situation draws out, the scarier it gets.

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Comments

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:15 am
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

I sincerely hope that now he has been found safe and sound, he goes back to his home in America, and along with his family to recover. Certainly a great idea for the whole of Ramos's family to start afresh in the US and build their lives away from such countriues.




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:22 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

He has been found and is safe and sound. On his way home to his family.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:57 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Why the bigot comment. You evidently are the idiot. If tje MLB pays for his release cajnh you imagine how many more players will be targeted. If I was offered the opportunity to play winter ball the last place I would play is there with all the problems it has with the Castro wannabe.



You, my friend, are uninformed.

I never said that MLB should pay any ransom.  I simply stood up for why this is relevant to US interests and why the FBI has a right to get involved.  And yes, saying that we should have nothing to do with a taxpaying member of our society just because of where is from is bigotry and discriminating just because of his nationality.

Also, we can hate on Chavez all we want but he genuinly cares for the rich and famous Venezualens.......even if they are coming from America.  Which means he has nothing to do with this nor should he be a reason that someone should not want to go back to their homeland on their offtime to embark on something they find enjoyable. 



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:33 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Here's to a safe return. Huddy huddy!



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:08 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

The safe return of Wilson Ramos isn't a given like some think it will be, but I'm praying for him and his loved ones to get through this safely. MLB has the money to pay, but that could be opening Pandora's Box for players from all sports to be targeted. This is a nightmare situation with someone's life hanging in the balance.      



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:08 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

It would be a huge mistake for MLB or Washington Nationals to pay any ransom. Do that and every MLB player and minor leaguer gets a 10 times larger bulls eye placed on them.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:28 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Why the bigot comment. You evidently are the idiot. If tje MLB pays for his release cajnh you imagine how many more players will be targeted. If I was offered the opportunity to play winter ball the last place I would play is there with all the problems it has with the Castro wannabe.




Since: Feb 6, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:55 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Well said Mzim!!  MLB may have deep pockets, but their involvement in any compliance with ransom demands sets the stage for the organization to fork over cash in future kidnappings.  This should be left up to the Venezeulan goverment without any US involvement.  That government is set up to govern its people.  If the roles were reversed, would we want the Venezeulan government getting involved with situations like this on American soil?  I think not!!



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:41 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

He's a Venezuelan, who was kidnapped in Venezuela, by Venezuelan criminals... wtf does this have to do with the US.  How about letting the Venezuelans deal with their own problems.  I'm sure we have enough crime of our own to deal with



Bigot. Idiot.

He plays and earns his money here in the States which also means that we tax his salary.  He is afforded the same luxuries and priveleges that any other high profile person here is allowed. 



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:16 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

This goes deeper than just playing pro baseball, whethter it be MLB or playing in the Venezuelan winter leagues. The 'culture' of today's top sports stars is they are 'celebrities' and easy prey for kidnappers with so much of their lives and details out in the open. 

The debate as to whether the Venzuelan government maybe involved is irrelevant, the issue is to secure Wilson's safe release and protecting his family. I feel that should any Venezuelans who become MLB pro players, or pro in any sport and have the players' families move with them to the US, from high-risk countries where kidnapping top sports people and their families is rife, such as Venezuela.

It is nice to see that the Venezuelan winter league teams are marking matches with minute silences for Wil;son, as well as fans showing their support with banners.

I sincerely hope for his safe return


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