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Reds prospect Juan Francisco robbed at gunpoint in Dominican Republic

Nov 16, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT


Last week Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint in Venezuela and now Mark Sheldon of reports that Reds prospect Juan Francisco was robbed at gunpoint in the Dominican Republic yesterday.

According to the general manager of Francisco’s winter ball team he had stopped for something to eat while going to visit his parents and four men were involved in the robbery.

Francisco, who was born in the Dominican Republic and has totaled 81 games for the Reds during the past three seasons, was unharmed.

  1. thefalcon123 - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Here we go…

  2. cur68 - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Maybe it is just society?

  3. SmackSaw - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    I’m surprised this hasn’t happened before or more often. MLB players that live in underdeveloped countries will always be targets. Vlad Guerrero, Pedro and Ramon Martinez invested millions in the area surrounding where they live to support the community. It created a buffer zone where they could live relatively peacefully. Latin American players will not be safe unless they can afford to do the same. If this keeps up, some player will go all Urbina on someone or get killed himself.

  4. cintiphil - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    I think these guys had better stay in the US in the off season. They must have targets on their backs when they go back home.

    • thefalcon123 - Nov 16, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      So…let’s count the incidents shall we…
      There was Ramos, this one, and…..and…..

      I wonder, is comment boards existed in 1978, would people have posted how awful Indiana was and how baseball players should stay from it in the wake of the Lyman Bostock tragedy?

      Or talked about the dangers players face in Florida after Aaron Miles was held at gun point by robbers in? (well, they did have comment boards then…did anyone complain?)

      • henryd3rd - Nov 16, 2011 at 4:18 PM

        Dude! Kidnapping, robbery and extortion is a way of life in some Third World countries. And let us not forget presidents, presidential candidates and just everyday people get killed right here in the States; so stop trying to be so smug and high and mighty.

  5. ronjon77 - Nov 16, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Sad, but this is what OWS would like happening here.

    • thefalcon123 - Nov 16, 2011 at 3:32 PM


      There is a reasonable, sensible way to disagree about things. Then there are ridiculous attempts to dismiss those you oppose by comparing their beliefs with outlandish things. Protesting a wide gap in wealth disparity does not equal armed robbery. If you actually believe what you just wrote, you have done nothing but expose an astounding level of ignorance. This level is usually reserved for those who compare Bush to Hitler or call Obama a secret Muslim.

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