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Jean Ramirez, bullpen catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, died on Monday at the age of 28, his team confirmed.
“The Rays baseball family mourns the loss of bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez,” the Tampa Bay Rays said in a tribute to the sportsman on social media.
Ramirez, a native of Puerto Rico, played three years in Tampa Bay’s minor-league system before joining the big-league staff, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Baseball operations president Erik Neander said in a statement posted on the team’s Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon that Ramirez’s death was an “unexpected and difficult loss.”
No further details were released by the Tampa Bay Rays on the circumstances of his death.
Rays manager Kevin Cash remembered Ramirez as “an incredible teammate and friend.”
“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,” said Cash. “He had the biggest heart and most infectious smile. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Jean will be deeply missed.”
Ramirez was “a caring teammate and friend,” said Neander. “He exuded so much joy in all he did, and his kind heart was truly a gift to all.”
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