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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Northey Posted: January 14, 2022 at 06:06 PM (#6061116)
I'd hope most teams would be smart and have mental health resources for all personnel, from the $40 mil star to the lowest minor league coach. Sadly I wouldn't be surprised if most don't.
   2. Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: January 14, 2022 at 08:38 PM (#6061134)
Oh that’s awful.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 14, 2022 at 09:46 PM (#6061143)
I'd hope most teams would be smart and have mental health resources for all personnel, from the $40 mil star to the lowest minor league coach. Sadly I wouldn't be surprised if most don't.

Sounds like that wouldn't have helped here. It's really up to family and close friends to be the early warning system for suicides.
   4. bunyon Posted: January 15, 2022 at 06:51 AM (#6061152)
3 is mostly right, though, people are almost universally good at hiding such things from those closest to them. And we also almost universally never really think the worst. It's a terrible cycle.
   5. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: January 15, 2022 at 09:02 AM (#6061157)
I can tell you from experience that there are some people who will not survive, no matter how much help they have.
   6. Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: January 15, 2022 at 01:31 PM (#6061170)
Obviously the people closest are the most critical element but teams should provide for support, as all businesses should. Sometimes there just isn't someone close enough and having professionals and a support system in place can help. Also, there's the whole element of it just being a good thing to do.
   7. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: January 15, 2022 at 02:03 PM (#6061172)
There is way too much stigma about seeking help for mental health issues. I am glad it seems to be receding the last few years.
   8. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: January 17, 2022 at 03:25 PM (#6061378)
I never met Jean Ramirez, I had never heard of him, and I wouldn't have met him if we both lived to 200. But I'm upset about this.

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