Dominican Republic authorities have announced that Kansas City Royals pitcher, Yordano Ventura, and former major leaguer, Andy Marte, have both have died in unrelated auto accidents.
Jacobo Mateo, a Highway Patrol spokesman, said that Ventura perished on a highway 40 miles northwest of Santo Domingo. He noted that it was unclear if Ventura was driving.
The Royals vice president, Mike Swanson, confirmed Ventura’s death. He was 25.
The team later released an official statement on Ventura’s death:
The Kansas City Royals regretfully announce the passing of Yordano Ventura, who perished in a car accident last night in the Dominican Republic. There are no details available at this time regarding the accident that claimed the life of the 25-year-old Ventura.
Our prayers right now are with Yordano’s family as we mourn this young man’s passing,” said Dayton Moore, Royals’ Senior VP of Baseball Operations and General Manager. “He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We will get through this an an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano.”
Ventura spent his entire professional career in the Royals’ organization after signing as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 and debuted for the club on Sept. 17, 2013. He pitched in two World Series (2014, 2015) with Kansas City, helping the franchise win their second World Series championship in 2015. He held a 38-31 career record in 94 games and 93 starts at the Major League level, while he also made nine postseason starts before the age of 25.
Official statement from the Kansas City Royals organization. pic.twitter.com/AgInmjHWAB
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 22, 2017
Metropolitan traffic authorities told reporters that Marte died when a car he was driving hit a house near the highway, between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel. Marte played for the Cleveland Indians. He was 33.
Sad to learn of Andy Marte’s death this morning. He was a genuine person who always greeted you with a warm smile.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) January 22, 2017
H/T: Fox News
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