In 2014, Ramon Ramirez signed with the Orioles as an undrafted free agent. He was playing in the team’s minor league when he died this week at age 23.
Ramirez was killed when a vehicle struck his motorcycle after a softball game in the Dominican Republic, where he grew up. That made him the second MLB prospect killed in a motorcycle accident in that country in less than a week.
“It’s very hard when those things happen because you don’t like to see a young guy at that age, 23 years old, pass away the way it happened,” said Orlando Gomez, who managed Ramirez in the Frederick Keys last year. “You don’t want to see it, but I think it sends a message to other young people to be careful with whatever they’re doing, driving a motorcycle, driving a car, whatever they’re doing. Be careful.”
Ramriez’s coaches and teammates remembered him as a tireless worker with lots of love and enthusiasm for the game of baseball.