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Wilson Ramos intends to play in Venezuelan Winter League

Nov 14, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

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Mark Zuckerman of reports that Wilson Ramos intends to start playing for Aragua Tigres on Wednesday.  This is one of those deals where, after you get over the initial reaction — dude, I’d be the heck out of Venezuela, like, yesterday if I were him — it makes a ton of sense.

After Ramos’ ordeal, you have to figure that some normalcy is in order, and it doesn’t get more normal than playing ball.  Also, as we learned on Friday, the security for players who are actually with Venezuelan ballclubs is pretty fantastic. It’s inescapable that Ramos was way more vulnerable at home doing his own thing than he would be hanging around the clubhouse.

Finally, you can’t discount the “lightning doesn”t strike twice” theory.  Kidnappings happen in Venezuela every day. Ramos’ was one of the few that led to such a wide and swift reaction among the populace and the government. You have to figure that would-be kidnappers are going to consider Ramos and his family hands-off. Heck, would-be kidnappers may decide to lay off major leaguers overall because the heat is too hot. At least you’d hope so.

Anyway: have a good winter league season, Ramos. See you in Florida come February.

  1. anotheryx - Nov 14, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    It’s easy for you to get out of Venezuela because you are not from there. If you get abducted in US and then rescued two days later, would your first thought be: “I need get out of this country”?

    • cintiphil - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:25 AM

      If this country was as dangerous as Venezuela, then yes, I would say get me out of here. As bad as it is here with the guns etc., it is a paradise compared to there. If one is stuck in Venezuela because of money or position etc, then you must stay. However if one has a choice, then get the hell out! What is he going to do, hire full time body guards? People all over the world came to this country just to escape the kind of thing going on there.

      • anotheryx - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

        If leaving your country and family behind rather than change it for the better is your thing, well, suum cuique.

      • cintiphil - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM

        He left his country to play ball here, right? Who said he can’t or should not move his immediate family all over here to escape the crazy stuff going on there? Anyway, Ozzie is on his way down there and get his hands on their glorious leader to straighten it out.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    The risk should be low now that he was rescued and his captors in custody. The case may ultimately help other players and their relatives. While Kidnapping is an industry in Venezuela, at this point would-be kidnappers must be evaluating that taking ballplaers is more risk than reward and lay off them for this season at least…

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