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Baseball Manager in Mexico Held For Three Days in Wild Alleged Extortion Attempt

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A baseball manager in Mexico was held in a hotel room for three nights in a wild alleged extortion attempt, according to league and club officials.

The Associated Press reports that Francisco Estrada, the manager of Bravos de Leon of the Mexican baseball league, was reported missing on Thursday morning by club officials. He was found safe a few hours later.

At a news conference, Estrada gave what the AP described as “a sketchy description of events.” Per the report, the skipper said he was “coerced” into staying in a hotel room for three nights. He was not held by abductors, but rather by an unknown person on a telephone who made sure Estrada stayed put by asking him what was on television.

The AP speculated that Estrada may have been the victim of a crime known in Mexico as “virtual kidnapping,” an act in which abductors threaten to hurt a relative in an effort to extort money.

Estrada, 69, is in his first year as manager of Bravos de Leon. He is reportedly a baseball figure of some standing in the country, as the AP described him as a “star catcher,” during his playing days. He was also the manager for the Mexican team in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006.

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