Photo: Wilson Ramos
24-Year old Wilson Ramos, the starting catcher for the Washington Nationals was abducted at gunpoint from his family’s home in Venezuela yesterday evening.
Ramos traveled to his native Venezuela for the winter holidays while scheduling to play in numerous games for his Venezuelan winter league team, the Aragua Tigers.
While enjoying the evening outside Ramos mother’s home in the Santa Inés neighborhood of Valencia, the player and his family noticed a 4x4 vehicle drive past the front yard more than once.
Four armed men climbed off the vehicle and at gunpoint, took the player away from his shocked relatives. The vehicle was abandoned, and found by police who are examining it for evidence.
Public Relations Manager for Ramos’ Venezuela team Ms. Kathe Vilera, confirmed the abduction via Twitter, and said that there has not yet been any word from the kidnappers.
Ramos is one of the Washington Nationals’ best players in this his rookie season. He replaced Iván Rodríguez as the team’s regular catcher, and batted .267 with a .779 on-base slugging percentage and 15 home runs batted in.
The Washington Nationals has been apprised of the situation but has not yet released a statement.