Report: Mother of Pirates catcher Elias Diaz kidnapped in Venezuela

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Multiple media reports out of Venezuela are saying that the mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz has been kidnapped.

There is a sad, recent history of baseball players and/or their families either being kidnapped or threatened with kidnapping in Venezuela in recent years. In 2009 the mother of pitcher Victor Zambrao was kidnapped. Catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped in 2011. Other Venezuelan players, such as Miguel Cabrera, have spoken out about threats their families have received and many have moved their families out of Venezuela altogether. Given the political, social and economic unrest which has rocked the country in recent years, the situation is clearly not getting any better.

Diaz himself is reportedly in the United States, preparing for Pirates spring training which begins for catcher like him next week. Obviously, however, his mind and heart are elsewhere at the moment.