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Friday, January 14, 2022

Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez died by suicide; ‘Suffering in silence is not OK,’ family says

Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez died by suicide this week, according to the Tarrant County (Texas) Medical Examiner’s Office.


Ramirez, 28, died Monday near Fort Worth, where he attended high school. Ramirez played three minor-league seasons for the Rays and served as their bullpen catcher since 2019. He aspired to a coaching job in the major leagues.

Rays manager Kevin Cash called Ramirez an “incredible teammate and friend,” in a statement released by the team. “He brought so much passion and energy each day to our clubhouse and bullpen, and his love for the Rays and baseball was evident to all who interacted with him. He had the biggest heart and most infectious smile. Jean will be deeply missed.”

Ramirez died Monday afternoon of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to a preliminary autopsy report from Tarrant County obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

Ramirez’s family released a statement to the team, per the Tampa Bay Times, saying that “suffering in silence is not OK.”

“The loss of our son has been the most excruciating experience we have lived,” they said. “Unfortunately, we sometimes don’t see the signs. Struggling in silence is not OK. It is our commitment to honor our son’s life by helping other families. No parent should have to endure the loss of their child.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 14, 2022 at 04:13 PM | 8 comment(s)
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