Nationals catcher kidnapped in Venezuela
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped Wednesday in his home country of Venezuela.
November 10th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Nationals catcher kidnapped in Venezuela

Gunmen kidnapped Major League Baseball catcher Wilson Ramos from his family home in Venezuela Wednesday night, a spokeswoman for his Venezuelan team said on her Twitter account.

Ramos, who finished his rookie season with the Washington Nationals this year, was back in his home country playing for the Aragua Tigers in Venezuela's winter league.

The Nationals could not confirm the kidnapping, but published a statement citing Tiger's spokeswoman Kathe Vilera.

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  1. s kel

    He should have stayed in DC.

    November 10, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Hey, s kel.
    He should have, indeed.

    November 10, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    yep I do miss the half smokes there.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Was Chavez involved?

    November 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    BtBC: that was my first thought!
    What's the reason this guy was kidnapped?
    I'll be the first to admit that I don't know if he was considered a Venezuelan (sp?) National hero or not, but he couldn't have been worth that much money yet; he just completed his rookie year.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pedro R

      They kidnap here people just for a few hundreds of dollars, any person here can be kidnapped just going out of work, there is something called secuestro express (express kidnap) they take you and ask your family for some money and release you in a few hours, you don't need to be a celebrity

      November 11, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. s kel

    DC talk we say "wooter"instead of water,

    November 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    wit instead of with

    November 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    pockibook instead of pocketbook or purse

    November 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    dere instead of there, norf and souf instead of north and south.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    huhmaann means I agree , Ballimo,or bawlmer ,b-more instead of Baltimore. And we never,ever refer to Washington DC ,as washington.......Its just D C.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @s kel:
    Kind of like how we view the Chicagoland area.
    It's all Chicago.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MAHMOOD THOMPSON

    WE ALL KNOW CHAVEZ IS BEHIND THIS! HE IS GOING TO SELL HIM TO SOME CUBANS IN MIAMI! SO VENEZUELA, CUBA AND COMMIES IN MIAMI ARE GOING TO GET A COUPLE HUNDRED THOUSAND!.......ACTUALLY U KNOW THIS GUYS IS A COMMUNIST FARC LEADER..THATZ WHY THEY NABBED HIM1

    November 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark L.

    Being a life-long MLB New York Yankees fan who grew up in Brooklyn, NY, I can speak from the heart and state that us die-hard fans NEVER like to hear stories like this one, regardless what MLB ball club the player is affiliated with. I only pray for MLB Washington Nationals catcher, Wilson Ramos, and his family, hoping he is okay and will be able to safely return back home.

    November 11, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. TruVenezuela

    Wilson Ramos was rescued tonight alive and well!!

    November 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |