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M’s remember former reliever Rob Ramsay, who also pitched at WSU

Rob Ramsay listens to questions from a math class in the 2006 photo. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Rob Ramsay listens to questions from a math class in the 2006 photo. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Before Monday’s game, the Seattle Mariners held a moment of silence for former Mariners reliever Rob Ramsay, who died last week. He was 42.

Ramsay, who pitched at Washington State, made 43 appearances with the Mariners in 1999-2000. A native of Vancouver, Washington, he was a seventh-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1996.

It was during the 2001-02 offseason that Ramsay was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme. In a tribute to Ramsay on mlb.com, Anthony Castrovince noted that Ramsay never truly escaped the effects of two craniotomies, chemotherapy and radiation. Ramsay retired to a quiet existence as a high school teacher and coach in Coeur d’ Alene and, eventually, as a stay-at-home dad. All the while, Ramsay battled consistent seizures that he struggled to ward off with medication, Castrovince wrote. It was from one of those seizures that Ramsay died last Thursday.


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