Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a automobile collision in his local Dominican Republic on Sunday, authorities said.
Dominican military reliable a 25-year-old’s death, that occurred in a city of Juan Adrian and was initial reported by ESPN.
“Our prayers right now are with Yordano’s family as we weep this immature man’s passing,” Royals ubiquitous manager Dayton Moore pronounced in a statement. “He was so immature and so talented, full of childish merriment and always brought a grin to everybody he interacted with. We will get by this as an organization, though right now is a time to weep and applaud a life of Yordano.”
The tragedy came hours after a genocide of 33-year-old Andy Marte, a one-time tip awaiting and former third baseman for a Indians, Braves and Diamondbacks who was killed in a apart automobile pile-up in a Dominican Republic.
Marte, also a Dominican native, played tools of 7 seasons during a prohibited dilemma and during initial bottom in a majors, attack 21 home runs with 99 RBIs and a .218 normal over 308 career games. He was personification winter joining round for Las Aguilas Cibaenas, according to Baseball America.
Ventura, a righthanded flame-thrower, played his whole four-year MLB career in Kansas City after signing with a group as an amatuer giveaway representative in 2008. Ventura helped a Royals to their latest World Series championship opposite a Mets in 2015, going 13-8 during that unchanging deteriorate and 11-12 in 2016.
Ventura initial blossomed as a major-league starter in 2014, regulating his 100 mph fastball to acquire him a five-year, $24 million agreement he sealed before a 2015 season.
On Sunday, a Royals lowered their flag outward Kauffman Stadium to half-mast in Ventura’s memory.
The many noted impulse of Ventura’s career came in Game 6 of a 2014 World Series opposite a Giants. The rookie pitcher took a pile and dedicated his tour to his late crony and associate Dominican Oscar Taveras, a Cardinals outfielder who died in a automobile collision dual days before a game. Ventura, who had a difference “R.I.P OT #18” created on a front of his shawl along with tributes on his spikes and glove, tossed 7 shutout innings of three-hit round in a 10-0 win.
The Royals mislaid Game 7 though stormed behind to a Fall Classic a following year and kick a Mets in 5 games. Ventura struggled in his one 2015 World Series start, picking adult a detriment in Game 3 during Citi Field.
Ventura is a second earnest immature starter to die in a final 6 months after 24-year-old Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died in Sep in a boating accident. Ventura also respected Fernandez during a game, adding “R.I.P. JF #16” subsequent to his created reverence for Taveras on his cap.
The earnest pitcher available a 38-31 record with a 3.89 ERA in 94 career regular-season games, though his burning appearance will also be remembered as partial of a immature talent’s legacy.
Ventura was concerned in several on-field incidents in Apr 2015 involving Angels star Mike Trout, then-A’s infielder Brett Lawrie and then-White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton, that helped minister to Ventura’s repute as a ardent and warlike player. Ventura perceived a seven-game cessation in a latter occurrence after Ventura snagged a comebacker and exchanged difference with Eaton as a beat jogged down a first-base line. Eaton incited around to confront Ventura, that escalated into a benches-clearing brawl.
In Jun 2016, Orioles star Manny Machado stirred a benches to transparent when he charged Ventura after his inside pitches during Machado’s progressing at-bat continued with a hit-by-pitch.
Several Royals players and other MLB players common their condolences on Twitter after conference of a deaths of Ventura and Marte.
Sad to learn of Andy Marte’s genocide this morning. He was a genuine chairman who always greeted we with a comfortable smile.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) January 22, 2017
RIP Yordano Ventura. Awful news. Ruined a day. Way too young. Prayers to a families and everybody involved!
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) January 22, 2017
Deeply saddened and repelled by Yordano Ventura’s Andy Marte’s passings. Sending out my thoughts and prayers.
— Russell Martin (@russellmartin55) January 22, 2017
RIPAce. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 My condolences to his family in a DR and his family here in a Royals organization. we can’t trust this.
— Danny Valencia (@dannyvalencia19) January 22, 2017
RIP Yordano Ventura. Damn. Just horrible.
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) January 22, 2017
Thoughts and prayers go out to a families of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte. Another unhappy day for a diversion of round ⚾️#GoneTooSoon
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) January 22, 2017
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