ESPN Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, whose electric arm and confident demeanor helped lead his long-suffering team to the 2015 World Series title, died in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic early Sunday. He was 25. With the fitting nickname of “Ace,” Ventura burst onto the baseball scene with a 100 mph fastball and an explosive attitude to match. He was a fierce competitor always willing to challenge hitters inside, then deal with the ramifications when they decided to charge the mound. Not surprisingly, he quickly became a fan favorite as Kansas City embraced baseball once again. “Obviously our prayers go out to Yordano’s family, all his friends, his teammates, our fans and everybody throughout the baseball community,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said on a conference call Sunday afternoon. “Everybody with our team and our organization is hurting deeply. This is certainly something that puts everything into strong perspective. It’s a reminder that nobody is guaranteed tomorrow.
Just horrible news out of the Dominican Republic today, as Kansas City Royals starring pitcher and former World Series Champion Yordano Ventura was killed in a car accident at the age of 25, our thoughts are with his loved ones and the Kansas City Royals faithful where Ventura was a fan favorite. To make matters even worse, on the same night, former major league infielder Andy Marte was also killed in an unrelated car accident at the age of 33 also in the Dominican Republic. Marte played for the Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks and was last active in the major leagues in 2014. Our thoughts are with the fans and families of both these baseball stars, who tragically passed away much too soon, Rest In Peace Andy Marte and Yordano Ventura.