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The dangers of MLB stardom

For Venezuelan players like Morales and Doubront, kidnapping threats linger

Updated: December 29, 2012, 6:01 PM ET
By Didier Morais | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Franklin Morales sensed the fear in his agent's voice.

Thirteen months ago, the Red Sox pitcher was enjoying his offseason back home in Venezuela until he received the call. It was his agent, Gustavo Marcano, calling to deliver terrifying news regarding his other client.

Marcano received word that Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had just been kidnapped by four gunmen in Valencia, Venezuela, a city roughly two hours from Morales' ...

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