Jean Ramirez, former Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher and former minor league player has passed away. Ramirez died at the age of 28 on Jan. 11, 2022 report says.
Ramirez graduated from Boswell in 2011 and played at Arkansas, Grayson County College and Illinois State before being selected by the Rays in the 28th round of the MLB draft in 2016.
Cash said Ramirez, “Brought so much passion and energy each day to our clubhouse and bullpen.” Neander added, “He exuded so much joy in all he did.”
Ramirez was selected by the Rays in the 28th round of the 2016 MLB draft. He spent three seasons in the minors before the team released him in 2018.
The team had an opening for a new bullpen catcher and coach, and asked Ramirez if he wanted to return in 2019. Ramirez was with the team when it reached the World Series in 2020. The event was held at Globe Life Field in Texas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ramirez, who went to high school in Texas and still lived in the area, said being with the team during the 2020 World Series was “the best moment” of his life, according to WTSP in Tampa Bay.
“It’s awesome,” Ramirez said. “I don’t really know how many words I can put together to explain what this feeling is like.
“Me being from around the area, people have been reaching out, saying how proud they are and how exciting of a moment this is, and I completely agree. This is the best moment of my life.”
Jean Ramirez Obituary and Funeral arrangements are still pending…