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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in crash in Dominic Republic

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in crash in Dominic Republic

According to multiple reports, a pair of vehicle crashes in the Dominican Republic early Sunday morning took the lives for Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte.

Several Royals teammates and other Major League Baseball players shared their condolences on Twitter after hearing of Ventura's death.

A colonel in the Dominican Republic police informed Enrique Rojas of ESPN that the accident occurred in the town of Juan Adrian.

MLBTR extends its condolences to Marte's family, friends and fans.

A 2015 study by the World Health Organization found that the Dominican Republic had the highest traffic accident death rate in the Americas, with a rate of 29.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.

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Ventura made his first pitching appearance in Kauffman Stadium not in a Kansas City Royals uniform, but as a member of the World Team in the 2012 All-Star Futures game.

Marte, also a native of the Dominican Republic, was an infielder and had played with the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks. He joined the Royals in 2013 and had a 38-31 record with the team.

"It's really indescribable, to be honest with you", said Royals pitcher Danny Duffy, who spent Sunday afternoon with teammate Christian Colon in Kansas City.

Royals players, managers and fans reacted to Ventura's death with shock and sadness. He was just 25 years old.

At his last game, Ventura wore a hat honoring the late and fellow pitcher Jose Fernandez. His last game was on August 6, 2014, according to the site. Machado was suspended four games for charging the mound and connecting with a punch to Ventura's face.


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