Tampa Bay Rays reliever box receiver Jean Ramirez died this week, the team announced Tuesday.
The Rays shared quotes from manager Kevin Cash and baseball operations president Erik Neander who called it an “unexpected and difficult loss.”
“We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jean’s family,” Neander said in a statement. “He was a caring teammate and friend. He exuded so much joy in everything he did, and his kind heart was truly a gift to everyone. As we deal with this unexpected and difficult loss, we are grateful for the times we shared with Jean. “
A cause of death was not included in the declaration. Ramirez was 28 years old.
Ramirez played in the Rays’ minor league system for three years before being released in the 2018 season. He returned to the organization as a bullpen the following year.
In a separate statement, Cash called Jean an “amazing teammate and friend” who “brought so much passion and energy to our clubhouse and paddock every day, and his love for the Rays and baseball was evident to him. everyone who interacted with him.
“He had the biggest heart and the most infectious smile. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Jean will be greatly missed.
MLB players past and present have taken to social media to respond to the news.
“Dude, that hurts,” former Rays pitcher Blake Snell wrote on Instagram.
Ramirez, originally from Puerto Rico, attended Boswell High School in Fort Worth, Texas. He played varsity baseball at the University of Arkansas, Grayson County College and Illinois State University, where he received a BSc in 2016.
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