Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped by four gunmen Wednesday evening at his home in his native Venezuela.
Ramos’ winter league club, the Aragua Tigers, confirmed the kidnapping. Spokeswoman Katherine Vilera wrote on her Twitter account that Ramos was abducted at his home in the Santa Ines region of central Carabobo state, about 95 miles west of Caracas.
A source close to Ramos’ family told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the gunmen took Ramos from his house with his father and brothers present.
Ramos’ condition is not known, and there has been no word from his captors.
“Extremely upsetting news about Ramo. Thoughts and prayers with him. Scary situation,” Nationals closer Drew Storen said via his Twitter account Wednesday evening.
Nationals officials did not respond to requests for comment.
Ramos’ kidnapping is the latest in a series of incidents involving major league players in Venezuela, but it is the first time a player has been taken. Players’ families have been kidnapping targets for years.
In June 2009, the 11-year-old son of then-Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba was kidnapped, but returned safely. No ransom was paid, according to reports.
In November of that year, the mother of pitcher Victor Zambrano was taken from Zambrano’s farm near Maracay. She was rescued three days later.
In September 2004, the mother of then-Detroit Tigers pitcher Ugueth Urbina was rescued after being held captive for 5 1/2 months.
Earlier in the decade, Magglio Ordonez and Richard Hidalgo were robbery victims, while relatives of Melvin Mora and Omar Infante were murdered. Kidnappers failed in an attempt to capture Mora’s mother.
Source: Sporting News