Major League Baseball player, Wilson Ramos, 24 years old, was kidnapped from his home in Venezuela on Wednesday night. Ramos was taken away by four armed men in an SUV in Santa Ines in central Carabobo state around 6:45 p.m. local time. Police were notified and have found the vehicle in which Wilsom Ramos was abducted with, but it was abandoned in a nearby town.
Wilson Ramos just finished his rookie season with the Washington Nationals and was getting ready to play with his winter ball with the Aragua Tigers. New York Daily News reported, “Ramos is considered one of the Nationals’ young building blocks as they try to become a contender in the National League East. As a rookie in 2011, he hit .267 with 15 homers and 52 RBIs in 113 games. He also threw out 19 of 67 runners attempting to steal a base, a 28 percent success rate that ranked third among qualifying catchers in the National League. Washington acquired Ramos from the Minnesota Twins in a trade in July 2010. The Twins got All-Star closer Matt Capps in the deal.”
At this time no contact between the kidnapper and Ramo’s family has been made.
Domingo Alvarez, vice president of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League said, “The abductors haven’t made contact with the family or with anyone. We’re worried.”
“Every major league player has his own security, but we don’t know if at that time he had his security there,” said Alvarez.
This is the first time that a Major League Baseball player has been kidnapped in Venezuela. Every once in awhile a wealthy players family member might be held ransom for money.
In November of 2009, Victor Zanbrano’s mother was kidnapped nine days after his cousin, Richard Mendez Zambrano was kidnapped and killed. Victor Zambrano was a former big league pitcher that played for seven years until 2007.
In June 2009, Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba’s 11 year old song and brother-in-law were kidnapped, but released a day later.
All-Star pitcher, Ugueth Urbina, who played for six teams, his mother was abducted for more than five months until she was finally rescued in the beginning of 2005. At that same time, five Brazillian soccer player’s mothers were abducted in Brazil.