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After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:00 am
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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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Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:12 pm
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Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:05 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Nobody need pay ransom.  You don't negotiate with baseball player terrorists.  Since the MLB and Venezuelan givn't will simply hire a pro SWAT team to take care of this matter once they find the inevitable location.  Someone gonna squeal soon enough, kidnapping Ramos is simply a dumb money making idea in the first place.  This isn't the 20th century, kidnapping someone important is actually trouble for you, not the other way around.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:01 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

I am hoping for his safe return, but I don't think MLB can afford to pay the ransom, and I am not talking from a money standpoint but from a precedant standpoint. If MLB does pay then what about the next guy and the next etc. , MLB would be expected to pay for any future cases because they set a precedant which will lead to more kidnappings. Same goes for individual teams although they have the right to make their own decisions, but they would also be setting themselves up for future cases. I feel horrible for Ramos and his family that this happened to him because of who he is and pray for his safe return.



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:33 am
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Well said, Starblazer, very well said.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:31 am
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

How in the HECK is it MLB's job to pay for his release? Here's an idea, don't go back home if you can't protect yourself
 It isn't, but they have the funds to secure his release and if they have to, they should. He's one of their own even though he's not American.

How is it his fault, that his country is lawless because of a selfish dictator who cares more about his idealogy and power, then his people's safety? The guy went home to play baseball, not fight in a civil war.

MLB should immediately ban any of its players from going there to play baseball in the off-season. If they disobey, they should be
refused a visa to return. Period.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:30 am
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

This is extremely sad news.  My prayesr go out for his safe return.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:26 am
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

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

Where's Hugo Chavez, the left-wing's hero on this one? His silence speaks volumes about what a coward he is.  How about we send his buddy Sean Penn to Venezuela to talk with the captors? This is just proof how the rule of law is absent under that fraud's rule.


All reports indicate Ramos is still alive, but the longer the situation draws out, the scarier it gets.
 That's the scary part. This guy goes there to play baseball and he could be killed. Hopefully, he will be returned unharmed. As soon as that happens, MLB should forbid all of their players from playing in Venezuela. Period. That shouldn't change until the gov't proves it has instituted a rule of law. That won't happen until Chavez, the dictator is gone.

If anything happens to Ramos, they as well as the captors should be held responsible. That would include a MLB ban on players going there to play and sanctions from the US Gov't.

If MLB does pay the ransom, then Selig needs to insist the US Gov't gets involved in some capacity. While Ramos isn't American, he does work here and for an American institution. The Justice Dept. may need to take a look.

I just hope and pray Wilson is returned unharmed. Then I hope his captors get what they deserve.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:09 am
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Definitely didn't say it's their job to pay or that they will pay. I'm saying the mindset of the criminals is probably on the big score and MLB has deep pockets.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:03 am
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

How in the HECK is it MLB's job to pay for his release? Here's an idea, don't go back home if you can't protect yourself.


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