Mom of Former Mets Pitcher Kidnapped

Victor Zambrano's mother snatched off his Venezuelan farm
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 9, 2009 2:33 AM CST
Toronto Blue Jays closing pitcher Victor Zambrano pumps his fist after defeating the Kansas City Royals 9-1 during baseball action on Monday, April 9, 2007 in Toronto.   (AP PHOTO/CP, Nathan Denette)
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(Newser) – The mother of former Major League Baseball pitcher Victor Zambrano has been abducted in Venezuela. Elizabeth Mendez Zambrano was kidnapped yesterday morning from her son's farm in central Venezuela, reports AP. Dozens of US major leaguers come from Venezuela, where families of wealthy athletes are targeted by kidnappers. Zambrano pitched for the Mets, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, and Toronto Stars in seven seasons with the majors.