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Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez dies at 28 - The Athletic

Ramirez became the team's bullpen catcher in 2019, providing support for a relief corps that finished in the top three in WAR in each of the last three seasons.

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Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez has died at age 28, Tampa Bay announced on Tuesday. No details were provided on the cause of his death.

"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 Rays manager Kevin 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 taken in the 28th round out of Illinois State by the Rays in the 2016 Amateur Draft and hit five homers over three seasons in the minors for the Rays' rookie and Low-A teams. He became the team's bullpen catcher in 2019, providing support for a relief corps that finished in the top three in WAR in each of the last three seasons, according to Fangraphs.

Ramirez contributed more than what he did behind the plate in the Rays' bullpen. He dabbled as a batting practice pitcher for the team and his fluency in Spanish helped him connect with and provide guidance to all of the team's relievers.

"Jean played in our organization and was most recently a bullpen catcher for our major-league team," Erik Neander, Rays' president of baseball operations, said. "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."

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