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Five springs ago, Jesus Flores arrived at Washington Nationals camp as a burly 22-year-old catcher. He had a rocket arm, could handle the bat well enough to last on the Nationals' 25-man roster throughout 2007 as a Rule 5 pick and was quickly deemed the "catcher of the future" in D.C.
Saturday's contest between the hosting Tigres de Aragua and Navegantes del Magallanes in Venezuela marked a whole new ballgame, being played just hours after the 51-hour kidnapping and rescue of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, who plays for the Tigres in the offseason.
After more than 48 hours in captivity, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was freed from his kidnappers late Friday night.
The government sent top investigators Thursday to hunt for Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, whose abduction has shaken Venezuela's elite athletes and focused attention on the nation's sharp rise in kidnappings for ransom.
Officials said Thursday they have found the vehicle used by armed men who abducted Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, a case that highlights a sharp rise in kidnappings for ransom in Venezuela.
Venezuelan police confirmed Wilson Ramos still was alive Thursday, one day after the Washington Nationals catcher was kidnapped from his home in Valencia, Venezuela.
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped near his home in Valencia, Venezuela, on Wednesday, a source close to Ramos' family confirmed to The Washington Times.
As the Nationals have gone about developing their farm system, they've amassed an embarrassment of riches at catcher. They're also facing a crossroads with some of that depth.