View Full Version : Victor Zambrano's mother kidnapped in Venezuela

11-09-2009, 02:20 AM
The mother of former major league pitcher Victor Zambrano was kidnapped Sunday in Venezuela, his agent told 1050 ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand.

Peter Greenberg, Zambrano's agent, said Elizabeth Mendez Zambrano was taken by eight armed men on the pitcher's farm in Villa de Cura, which is a half-hour outside of Maracay. Victor is currently pitching with Magallanes in the Venezuelan League.

Zambrano last played for the Baltimore Orioles in the major leagues in 2007 but was released in October of that year. In seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays and Orioles, the right-hander went 45-44 with a 4.64 ERA.

In 2004, he was part of the trade that sent Scott Kazmir from the Mets to the Rays.


The mother of former major league pitcher Victor Zambrano was kidnapped Sunday, Zambrano's agent Peter Greenberg said late Sunday night by phone.

Elizabeth Mendez Zambrano was abducted sometime Sunday morning from her son's farm, about half hour from the central Venezuela city of Maracay, Greenberg said.

Venezuela has been haunted in recent years by the kidnapping of rich and famous people. Yorvit Torrealba Jr., the son of Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba, and his uncle were kidnapped this summer. They were left unharmed on a road a couple days later. Torrealba has since moved his family to Hollywood, Fla.

Former Angels infielder Gus Polidor was killed in April, 1995 while trying to prevent the kidnapping of his infant son via a carjacking.

Zambrano played seven years for Tampa Bay, the Mets, Toronto and Baltimore. His last game in the big leagues was Sept. 30, 2007.

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11-09-2009, 08:53 AM
Wow, scary.


11-10-2009, 07:10 PM
What was Hugo doing at that time?

11-10-2009, 07:30 PM
I don't think its a problem exclusive to Venezuala.
Here is S Florida I have met several refuges from other South American countries for that same reason.There guys arent rich and werent there.Pretty scary stuff.