Tampa Bay Race on Tuesday announced the death of Puerto Rican Jean Ramirez, a bull catcher. He is 28 years old.
Race did not release details on the cause of death.
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“Jean played for our company and most recently was a great team fullben catcher. He was a loving partner and friend,” said Eric Neander, head of Central Florida franchise operations.
“As we face this unexpected and difficult loss, we are grateful for the time we have shared with Jean,” Neander added.
“He brought a lot of interest and energy to our clubhouse and bullpen every day, and his love for rays and baseball is evident to all of us who have been in contact with him,” race manager Kevin Cash said in a statement.
Ramirez was drafted by Tampa Bay in the 2016 college draft and has appeared in 65 games in three minor league seasons. In his final season, in 2018, he played 19 games for the Tampa Bay branch in the Rookie League.
“He had a big heart and an infectious smile,” Cash said.
“We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Jean will be missed,” the pilot added.
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