Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez dies at age 28

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Tampa Bay Rays reliever receiver Jean Ramirez has died at the age of 28, the club announced Tuesday night. No cause of death was immediately available.

“We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jean’s family,” Rays president Erik Neander said in a statement. “He was a caring teammate and friend. He exuded so much joy in everything he did, and his good heart was truly a gift to all. As we deal with this unexpected and difficult loss, we are grateful for them. moments that we shared with Jean. “

“Jean was an amazing teammate and friend,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said in a statement. “He brought so much passion and energy every day to our clubhouse and enclosure, and his love for the Rays and baseball was evident to everyone who interacted with him. He had the biggest heart and the most infectious smile. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Jean will be sadly missed. “

Ramirez was born in Puerto Rico and then went to high school in Fort Worth, Texas (Boswell HS). He started in college ball with the University of Arkansas, but ended up graduating from the State of Illinois. After his ISU career, he was drafted in the 28th round by the Rays.

In rookie and Low-A ball, Ramirez didn’t have much success at home plate, but he was quite impressive behind the plate – including, unsurprisingly, working with pitchers in the reliever box – which he did. climbed the ranks as a bullpen. recipient. He’s spent the last three seasons with the Rays in this role, which is technically an assistant coach role.

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