Major League players are fleeing Venezuela

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This, from a couple of days ago, is sad. The situation in Venezuela has deteriorated precipitously in recent years –both in terms of politics and in terms of basic public safety — to the point where baseball players don’t feel safe there anymore and are leaving their home country and moving to the United States full time:

Uncomfortable with the rampant crime in the country with the second-highest homicide rate in the world last year, [Miguel] Montero renewed his passport in his native Caracas and hurried back to the USA, feeling terrible for the family members and countrymen he left behind.

“I would go from the place where I was trying to get my passport to the house and back. That’s it,” Montero said. “You want to go to your country to relax and have a good time, not to be shut inside your house because you’re afraid to go out. … There are safety concerns anywhere in the world, but you watch the news about Venezuela and more people have been killed there than in Afghanistan.”

We’ve long noted the kidnappings, with Wilson Ramos’ kidnapping chief among them. But simply walking down the street in Venezuela has gotten dangerous. It’s a sad, sad situation.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.