Washington Nationals Catcher Wilson Ramos Kidnapped

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped from his home in Venezuela by four gunmen on Wednesday. This is the first time a Major League Baseball player has been abducted in Venezuela, although relatives of other Venezuelan players have been held for ransom in the past.
Ramos is a 24 year old rookie who just finished his first major league season, and is considered to be one of Washington’s key young players in their attempt to build their team to contend in the National League East. Last season, he had a .267 batting average, 52 RBI’s, and 15 home runs in 113 games. He also threw out 19 of 67, or 28 percent of runners who attempted to steal a base, ranking third among qualifying catchers in the National League.
He was kidnapped at 6:45 pm from his residence in Santa Ines in central Carabobo state, which is 95 miles west of Caracas. The kidnappers have yet to contact his family.
Among those kidnapped in 2009 are Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba’s brother-in-law and son, who was 11 years old at the time, and MLB pitcher Victor Zambrano’s mother, who was 56 at the time. Torrealba’s relatives were released one day after their abduction, while Zambrano’s mother had to be rescued commando-style three days after she went missing. Nine days prior to the kidnapping of his mother, Zambrano’s cousin, Richard Mendez Zambrano was kidnapped and killed. According to Venezuelan police, there were 618 reported kidnappings in 2009, and those numbers have rapidly grown in recent years.

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