Death of Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez ruled a suicide

Posted at 5:34 PM, Jan 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-15 17:34:31-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The death of Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez near his home in Fort Worth, Texas, has been ruled a suicide.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office in Texas released the finding on Thursday, three days after the 28-year-old’s body was found.  The Rays announced the death in a Twitter post last Tuesday but did not release details. Ramirez was a 28th-round draft pick out of Illinois State in 2016.

He played three years in Tampa Bay’s minor league system before beginning a three-season stint as a bullpen catcher with the major league team in 2019.