Twenty-eight-year-old Tampa Bay Ray bullpen catcher, Jean Ramirez, tragically passed away on Monday. According to reports, Jean died by suicide.
“The loss of our son has been the most excruciating experience we have lived,” the Ramirez family wrote in a statement that was issued on Tuesday. “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.”
“We are very grateful to the Tampa Bay Rays organization, whom we consider our family, for their love and support. Our son felt loved by all of you,” the family continued.
They concluded their statement with the sentiments, “Thank you to our family, friends, and everyone else far and near for the outpouring of love and support. God bless you! Rays Up in Heaven.”
Remembering the incredible life of Jean Ramirez
The athlete was a graduate of the University of Arkansas in 2016, where he played baseball throughout his academic career and obtained a degree in science. In the 2016 MLB Draft, the Rays selected the athlete in the 28th round. He spent three seasons in Tampa Bay’s Minor League before moving onto the Majors in 2019.
Ramirez helped his team reach the 2020 World Series and even cited the moment as one of the best experiences of his life, according to WTSP. In addition, he had dreams of one day becoming a manager or bench coach for a Major League team. Given his drive and positive attitude, Tampa Bay is devastated to hear about the passing of their bullpen catcher.
“We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jean’s family,” Rays’ president of baseball operations Erik Neander shared. Neander continued sharing his positive thoughts towards Ramirez when he stated, “He was a caring teammate and friend. He exuded so much joy in all he did, and his kind heart was truly a gift to all. As we process this unexpected and difficult loss, we are grateful for the times we shared with Jean.”
In addition, the Rays manager Kevin Cash gave his highest regards to Ramirez.
“Jean was an incredible teammate and friend,” the manager commented. “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. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Jean will be deeply missed.”
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