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Beltran said that while she was deeply upset by the news, her son remained upbeat.

“He said, `Mom, maybe this is a way to grow up and be a better person,’” she said, “but I said he’s never been a bad kid.”

Ramirez wants to pursue his baseball dreams as far as he can go. If a playing career doesn’t work out, he said he wants to stay in the sport through coaching or working in sports medicine.