Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Leonys Martin ransom case detailed

This ain’t no rick roll.

Like many Cuban baseball stars, outfielder Leonys Martin dreamed of leaving the communist island for the bright lights and big money of Major League Baseball.

Martin accomplished his goal in 2011 when he signed with the Texas Rangers, but not before what court documents and the U.S. Justice Department describe as a harrowing ordeal in which he was held for ransom in Mexico while his family members were kept under surveillance in South Florida.

Three people have been indicted in Miami on federal charges of hostage-taking and extortion conspiracy—counts that carry potential life prison sentences if they are convicted—and Martin himself is suing his alleged kidnappers for the return of more than $1.3 million he has already paid them.

Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: December 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: crime, cuban baseball, international free agents, politics, rangers

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. KT's Pot Arb Posted: December 25, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4623853)
Yasiel Puig was also kidnapped. By the Dodgers, who hold him against his will from fulfilling every ballplayers dream, becoming a NY Yankee. At least that's how Yankees fans relate the injustice

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Darren
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMike Carp designated for assignment, Mookie Betts called up - Over the Monster
(18 - 8:25pm, Aug 01)
Last: vortex of dissipation

NewsblogOT: Politics, August 2014: DNC criticizes Christie’s economic record with baseball video
(187 - 8:19pm, Aug 01)
Last: Joe Kehoskie

NewsblogRosendo ‘Rusty’ Torres found guilty of 5 counts of sex abuse, acquitted of 3 other charges
(12 - 8:17pm, Aug 01)
Last: Bhaakon

NewsblogJim Bowden Caught Stealing From Fake Twitter Account, Deletes Everything
(29 - 8:10pm, Aug 01)
Last: Steve Parris, Je t'aime

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2014
(21 - 8:07pm, Aug 01)
Last: Zach

NewsblogGiants Designate Dan Uggla, Tyler Colvin
(11 - 7:49pm, Aug 01)
Last: jdennis

NewsblogBill James Mailbag - 7/13/14 - 7/22/14 (Subscription Required)
(9 - 7:41pm, Aug 01)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-1-2014
(9 - 7:36pm, Aug 01)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

NewsblogJose Bautista, Casey Janssen “frustrated” and “disappointed” by Jays’ lack of deadline activity
(5 - 7:29pm, Aug 01)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogGraphic designer creates Star Wars/MLB mash-up logos for all 30 teams
(3 - 7:27pm, Aug 01)
Last: Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class

NewsblogMariners notebook: Zduriencik fires back at critics | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune
(29 - 7:27pm, Aug 01)
Last: Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman

NewsblogCubs deal Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell to Braves
(46 - 7:11pm, Aug 01)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 8-1
(1 - 6:47pm, Aug 01)
Last: Ulysses S. Fairsmith

NewsblogNeyer: The Jim Johnson Gambit fails
(8 - 6:24pm, Aug 01)
Last: Nasty Nate

NewsblogYankees land infielders Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at Deadline
(38 - 6:18pm, Aug 01)
Last: Nasty Nate

Page rendered in 0.1768 seconds
53 querie(s) executed