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Yordano Ventura, Andy Marte die in 2 car crashes, authorities say

23 January 2017

Reaction to the death of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura in a auto crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic.

The Royals have released an official statement.

ESPN reported that Ventura, 25, died on a highway leading to Juan Adrian, about 40 miles northwest of the capital Santo Domingo, while Marte, 33, crashed his vehicle into a house 95 miles south of Santo Domingo. The season before, he helped lead the Royals to the World Series title, going 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Ventura served an eight-game suspension in 2016 after he hit Orioles infielder Manny Machado in the back with a 99-mph fastball.

The Royals confirmed Ventura's death Sunday, saying "Our prayers right now are with Yordano's family as we mourn this young man's passing".

The 33-year-old professional athlete was born in the Dominican Republic and now playing in the Las Aguilas Cibaeñas, a team in the Caribbean nation's winter baseball league.

Yordano Ventura has been killed in a auto accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Royals players, managers and fans reacted to Ventura's death with shock and sadness. He went 38-31 with a 3.89 ERA in 94 outings (93 starts) over the past four seasons. Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, 24, was among three men killed in a boating accident in September.

In a sad, weird twist of fate, it turns out that Marte's final big league game (before heading to play in Korea) took place against... Facing elimination, Ventura threw seven scoreless innings as the Royals beat the Giants 10-0 and forced a Game 7. He was only 25 years-old.

Other major-league players have come from the region, Las Terrenas.