Major League Catcher Kidnapped In Venezuela

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The catcher for the Washington Nationals baseball team was kidnapped Wednesday in his home country, Venezuela.

Wilson Ramos, 24, was in Venezuela to play for local team Tigres de Aragua during the Major League Baseball's off-season, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Ramos was kidnapped from his family's home near Valencia by four gunmen.

Venezuelan authorities said they have located the vehicle used to kidnap Ramos, but have not had any communication with the victim or the abductees.

The targeting of baseball players by criminal organizations is not rare in Venezuela, CNN reported.

The kidnapping showcases Venezuela's soaring crime rate.

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