Venezuelan Major League Baseball Player Kidnapped

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan national and U.S. Major League Baseball player Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped from a home in Venezuela, where he was playing for a local team during the offseason.

Ramos had been visiting with family at a private home in the city of Valencia on Wednesday when several men broke in, snatched him and took him away in a van or an SUV.

During the Major League Baseball season, the 24-year-old catcher plays for the Washington Nationals. He was in Venezuela to play with his winter league team, the Aragua Tigers.

Kidnappings of high-profile people are common in Venezuela and are usually carried out for financial motives.