Skip to comments.Mother of Pirates Catcher Kidnapped in Venezuela
Posted on 02/08/2018 9:58:28 PM PST by nickcarraway
Days before catcher Elias Diaz was to report to spring training with the other Pirates pitchers and catchers, the Venezuelan native learned his mother was kidnapped in their home country.
The incident was first reported by a Venezuelan local news organization, which said Diazs mother went missing Thursday afternoon. MLB players who hail from Venezuela, and make up the third-most represented nationality in the league, have grappled with how to handle the danger facing their family members back home, as kidnappings of the relatives of athletes and celebrities have increased amid the political turmoil there.
The Pirates said in a statement Thursday they were pursuing all methods of support for Diazs mother and the rest of his family, including providing assistance to the authorities.
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Send him home, why are we importing people to play American baseball. Surely there are plenty of Americans for these few jobs—and talented ones.
That is a hateful thing to say. If he is here legally I have no problem with him being here.
Yeh talented American athletes like Colin Kapearnick. Maybe he’d like to try baseball. He’s available.
My point is WHY is here here apparently legally? He is on a visa that says he has talent an American lacks. Not true. Send him home, one way ticket, to help his family. replace him with an American player, there are plenty waiting in the wings for their chance.
And WHY is it hateful to want Americans in jobs here in American?! Are you sure you are on the right site?
Ransom in toilet paper and antibiotics?
“... why are we importing people to play American baseball. “
Because he’s better at his position for the price than anyone else in the world, American, Cuban, Japanese, Mexican.....
H1Bs are cheaper than Americans, Mexicans work for less than Americans, shall we import more?! /s
That is the mother of ambiguous headlines.
In this case, he might be more talented than what they can find when scouting.
Prayers for his mother and all who love her.
There is a VISA for athletes, if they are signed with a team fairly easy to get. No requirement that the athlete has talent not found in citizens or anything like that.
I don’t agree with it, but it is the law. Foreigners even come here to rodeo. Athletes come from
If he’s better at his position for the price than anyone else in the world, then yes.
I don’t mind letting the best in the world in. I mind letting the lesser skilled in illegallly with no attempt to vet them.
Sounds like parts of Texas and Arizona along the Mexican border.
Miguel Cabrera was supposedly being extorted last year by thugs threatening his mother. It was speculated that it led to a disasterous year at the plate for him.
I enjoyed baseball back when it was all local heroes; today, it's the United Nations at play.
I’m surprised they haven’t taken their lead from Brazilian soccer stars, who secure their families in compounds while making millions in Europe - for this very reason.
Sergio Marchionne heads Fiat Chrysler. He has a large security detail when he is in Italy. In North America, not so much.
I guess they don’t realize it; the situation with Brazilian soccer players isn’t new, so I don’t know why people with loved ones in these places are unaware of it.
Americans are unaware of it because they can be.
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