Jean Ramirez, a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, died unexpectedly at the age of 28.
The Tampa Bay Rays announced that Jean Ramirez, a bullpen catcher, died unexpectedly on Monday.
He had been 28 years old for quite some time.
The cause of death was not disclosed, and the team had no additional information about Ramirez’s death.
Rays president of baseball operations Erik Neander said in a statement, per the Rays official website, “We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jean’s family.”
“He was a thoughtful teammate and a good friend.
In everything he did, he exuded joy, and his kind heart was a true gift to all.
We are grateful for the times we spent with Jean as we deal with this unexpected and difficult loss.”
Jean Ramirez, a bullpen catcher for the Rays, has passed away. pic.twitter.comCSasYv7Aqm
In the 2016 MLB Draft, the Rays selected Ramirez in the 28th round.
Before being released as a player, he spent three seasons in the Rays Minor League system.
Ramirez was hired as a bullpen catcher by the Rays in 2019.
Ramirez told The Athletic last year that he wants to be a manager, bench coach, or coordinator for a Major League team one day.
Rays manager Kevin Cash issued a statement saying, “Jean was an incredible teammate and friend.”
“Every day, he brought so much passion and energy to our clubhouse and bullpen, and his love for the Rays and baseball was obvious to everyone who came into contact with him.”
He had the biggest heart and the brightest smile I’d ever seen.
His family and friends have our heartfelt condolences.
Jean was a wonderful person who will be missed greatly.”
Ramirez attended the University of Arkansas, Grayson County College, and Illinois State University for his college baseball career.
He was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the Fort Worth, Texas area.
In 2020, Ramirez had a homecoming when the Rays played in the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder told The Athletic in 2019 that “everybody has been thrilled by what Jean is going to provide.”
“Given the fact that he’s just out of his playing days, he brings a lot more to the table in terms of feedback.”
“He’s going to be a huge help to this pitching staff,” Ramirez said. Ramirez was hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, Carols, a coach who is…
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