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By Ben Nicholson-Smith [November 9 at 7:30pm CST]

Wilson Ramos' Venezuelan Winter League team, the Aragua Tigers, confirmed on Twitter that the Nationals catcher has been kidnapped. Four gunmen approached the 24-year-old near his home and took him away, according to El Nacional. The kidnappers have not yet contacted the family, but they were in touch with the police. Hopefully Ramos has a safe and speedy recovery.

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Nothing new here...but a different report from ESPN.

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped outside his home in Venezuela, according to a report by El Nacional.

According to the report, four gunmen approached Ramos and took him away. Ramos was taken away in a green car, according to another report by El Universal.

A source told El Nacional that Ramos' family has yet to hear from the kidnappers. However, the "Body of Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations" branch of the Venezuelan government has set up operations at Ramos' home, according to El Nacional.

Ramos, 24, batted .267 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in his first full major league season.

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Scary. Now all players from Venezuela have to seriously think twice if it is safe to go home in the off-season.

Yes, because all of Venezuela is now filled with kidnappers who have it out for baseball players.

This is not the first incident

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2004/09/02/urbina-kidnapping040902.html

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Scary. Now all players from Venezuela have to seriously think twice if it is safe to go home in the off-season.

Yes, because all of Venezuela is now filled with kidnappers who have it out for baseball players.

This is not the first incident

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2004/09/02/urbina-kidnapping040902.html

I still don't understand why players would suddenly not feel safe going home to Venezuela. Two incidents that are 7 years apart is not something to get paranoid about, in my opinion. Players still have the same chance of getting kidnapped now than they have in the past.

At any rate, I enjoyed watching Wilson play during his brief stint with the Twins. Hopefully he gets back to his family soon and safe.

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Scary. Now all players from Venezuela have to seriously think twice if it is safe to go home in the off-season.

Yes, because all of Venezuela is now filled with kidnappers who have it out for baseball players.

This is not the first incident

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2004/09/02/urbina-kidnapping040902.html

And there's the other Urbina incident in Venezuela....

You know, the one involving machetes and gasoline.

Edit: Actually, Caracas has the highest murder rate in the world, including over 7,600 murders in 2009.

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Scary. Now all players from Venezuela have to seriously think twice if it is safe to go home in the off-season.

Yes, because all of Venezuela is now filled with kidnappers who have it out for baseball players.

This is not the first incident

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2004/09/02/urbina-kidnapping040902.html

I still don't understand why players would suddenly not feel safe going home to Venezuela. Two incidents that are 7 years apart is not something to get paranoid about, in my opinion.

Kidnapping wealthy people is big business in South and Central America, wealthy athletes unfortunately are targets when they go home. Tank's concern is legit.

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Scary. Now all players from Venezuela have to seriously think twice if it is safe to go home in the off-season.

Yes, because all of Venezuela is now filled with kidnappers who have it out for baseball players.

This is not the first incident

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2004/09/02/urbina-kidnapping040902.html

And there's the other Urbina incident in Venezuela....

You know, the one involving machetes and gasoline.

I think that was in retaliation to the first incident.

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Oh no. Hopefully all they want is money. I hope Ramos gets back quickly

Looks like they want a million bucks.

If it gets him back safe, his friends & family need to get on it quick. Unless his family had money before he became a Major League player then he might not have it. They just need to get him back safe then worry about catching them.

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Scary. Now all players from Venezuela have to seriously think twice if it is safe to go home in the off-season.

Yes, because all of Venezuela is now filled with kidnappers who have it out for baseball players.

This is not the first incident

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2004/09/02/urbina-kidnapping040902.html

I still don't understand why players would suddenly not feel safe going home to Venezuela. Two incidents that are 7 years apart is not something to get paranoid about, in my opinion.

Kidnapping wealthy people is big business in South and Central America, wealthy athletes unfortunately are targets when they go home. Tank's concern is legit.

Yup, undeveloped countries don't play. Now that he has money he would have been smart to move his family here.

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