Mourning in MLB: Tampa Bay Rays catcher dies unexpectedly

Tampa Bay is expected to honor Ramírez soon

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The Puerto Rican bullpen catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, Jean Ramírez, died this Tuesday at 28 years of age for reasons still unknown as reported by his team on social media.

Rays family mourns loss of bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez”Was the message that the Twitter account @RaysBaseball published reporting the death of the catcher.

The Florida team manager Kevin Cash, published through a statement his impressions of having met and shared with Ramírez on staff.

“Jean was an amazing teammate and friend. He brought so much passion and energy every day to our clubhouse and bullpen, and his love for the Rays and baseball was evident to everyone who interacted with him.. He had the biggest heart and the most contagious smile, ”Cash expressed about the deceased.

For his part, the organization’s president of operations, Erik Neander, also wanted to join the voices of condolences.

“We extend our condolences to Jean’s family. He was a loving companion and friend. He overflowed with joy in everything he did, and his kind heart was a gift to all. As we process this difficult and unexpected loss, we appreciate the time we shared with Jean, “said Neander.

Ramirez started his path as a player on the Rays farms since the 2016 draft, the date on which he was selected in round 28 from Illinois State University. After the election, he was part of the organization for three years before being released.

But nevertheless, His life changed in 2019 when he received an invitation from Tampa Bay’s MLB staff to join the team as a bullpen catcher., in an opportunity that he did not miss because the goal of the Puerto Rican was to become a future coach.

Born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Ramírez was characterized by having been a utility player, becoming, in addition to catching, the positions of first base, third base and right fielder.

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