The death of the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen receiver, Puerto Rican Jean Ramirez, has been officially ruled a suicide by a medical examiner. 28-year-old Ramirez’s passing was reported Tuesday by the team for which the former player worked as a coach, specifically as a catcher for pitchers in the bullpen.
The former baseball player was found dead the day before, Monday, in a field next to a creek bed near his family’s home in Fort Worth, according to authorities.
Although the reason for his death was not reported at the beginning of the week, according to the Tampa Bay Times, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Texas certified on Thursday that it was a suicide.
“The loss of our son has been the most painful experience we have ever had. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t see the signs. Fighting in silence is not right”, were statements from the family through the Rays organization.
“It is our commitment to honor the life of our son by helping other families. No parent should have to deal with the loss of their child. We are so grateful to the Tampa Bay Rays organization, whom we consider our family, for their love and support. Our son felt loved by all of you.”
Funeral services will be held Sunday in Texas, the Times reported.
An impressive career in baseball
Ramirez played high school baseball in Fort Worth, Texas, before going to college in Arkansas and transferring to the state of Illinois.
There he was selected by the Rays in the 28th round of the 2016 Draft and spent three seasons in the Tampa Bay minor leagues between 2016 and 2018 before being released as a player. As a catcher and first baseman in the minors, Ramirez hit .175 with five home runs over three seasons as a rookie and Low-A. He quickly returned to the organization and accepted an invitation to join the Rays’ major league staff in 2019.
The year celebrated his third season as a catcher out of the Tampa Bay bullpen. In 2019, he told The Athletic that he hoped to follow in the footsteps of his father, Carlos, who has been a lifelong coach and is currently an assistant at Hawaii Pacific University. Thus, Ramirez saw the possibility of becoming a manager, bench coach or coordinator of a Major League team.