Washington Nationals Catcher Kidnapped

    BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20:  Wilson Ramos #3 of the Washington Nationals throws the ball to first base against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

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    Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint Wednesday from his family’s home in Venezuela. The 24-year-old starter, considered one of the team’s most promising players, had gone back to Venezuela to live with his family and play some games with a team there. According to The Washington Post, four armed men kidnapped him and sped off in a vehicle, which was found abandoned on Thursday. The kidnappers have yet to contact Ramos's family, but Venezuelan authorities said Thursday they believe Ramos is still alive. Venezuelan police said in a statement that high-level kidnapping experts and intelligence experts are working on the case.

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