Major League Baseball has been hit with some serious news on Thursday. News broke that the mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz was kidnapped in Venezuela.
Pirates president Frank Coonelly released the following statement.
Statement From Pirates President Frank Coonelly Regarding Elias Diaz.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Elias and his family. pic.twitter.com/W4JGg100Ia
— Pirates (@Pirates) February 8, 2018
Unfortunately, stories like this are not uncommon. In 2009, the son of then Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba was kidnapped in Venezuela. Fortunately, his son was returned safely. We can only hope that this produces the same result.