Just a few months after the tragic death of Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez, baseball is in mourning once again. This past weekend, Yordano Ventura, a promising pitcher from the Kansas City Royals, was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. According to the Kansas City Star, Ventura was driving through a thick fog when his car rolled over and landed on the side of the road. According to the Star, Ventura was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. No alcohol was found on the scene. The 25-year-old, known for his fiery, confident personality, was a part of the Royals’ World Series run in 2015.
Royals Senior VP of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dayton Moore commented on Ventura’s tragic death via a press release:
“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 as an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano.”
Andy Marte, a former MLB player also from the Dominican Republic, died in a car crash the same day.
“Today is a very sad day for our entire game and particularly for the many loyal fans in the Dominican Republic, the home of both Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte,” said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in a statement.
MLB players (both retired and current) took to Twitter to express their condolences.
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) January 22, 2017
We were brothers who shared two passions: baseball and the Dominican Republic. Rest In Peace Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte. pic.twitter.com/a0Fpark47K
— Robinson Cano (@RobinsonCano) January 22, 2017
Esto es algo que no puedo creer mi hermanito te nos fuiste que triste este ??☹️☹️descansa en paz hermano RIP bro pic.twitter.com/6sZ79dff9d
— Eduardo Rodriguez (@eduardorod5) January 22, 2017
RIP Yordano Ventura. Damn. Just horrible.
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) January 22, 2017
Kauffman Stadium, home of the Royals, displayed this tribute to Ventura on Sunday.
— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) January 22, 2017
According to MLB.com, Ventura’s funeral will be held on Tuesday in Las Terrenas, his hometown in the Dominican Republic.
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