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This Day In Nationals History: November 9


November 9, 2011 was a day in Washington Nationals History that we all want to forget. Wilson Ramos had something happen to him that you don’t wish upon your own worst enemy. Ramos was kidnapped in Santa Ines, Venezuela, where he was playing winter ball, by four armed men. He was playing for the Tigres de Aragua at the time of the kidnapping.

Ramos, the Nats catcher, played his first full season of his career in 2011. He played in 113 games, while posting a slash line of .267/.334/.445. Along with that he hit 15 long balls, 22 two-baggers and drove in 52 runs.

This was declared his rookie season, because in 2010 he only played in a total of 22 games between the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals. He was voted the fourth best rookie in 2011.

With all of Nats country worried about their rookie catcher, two days later Ramos was returned unharmed. This was one of the most bizarre stories of the 2011 offseason, but the Nats are glad he made it home safe.

In limited action this past season Ramos hit 16 big flies along with driving in 59 runs. The catchers job should be his to win/lose going into Spring Training in 2014. We are all glad you are safe Wilson and we wish you best of luck in 2014 and beyond.

 

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