Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Major League Baseball is grieving following the death of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former MLB infielder Andy Marte , who both passed away in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic.
“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 Commissioner Rob Manfred.
” Yordano was a key figure in the Royals’ recent success. His electric talent on the mound helped lead the Royals to two American League pennants and the 2015 World Championship,” he said.
“Andy was a respected member of six organizations who played seven Major League seasons, including for the Cleveland Indians from 2006-10. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to the families, teammates, friends and fans of both players,” he added.
Ventura, a rising star right-hander with the Royals, died in a car accident at the age of 25 in a crash that took place on a highway in Rancho Arriba , a town in the province of San Jose de Ocoa .
Ventura’s hometown is in Las Terrenas , where the funeral services are expected to take place.
In a separate incident, Marte , who played parts of seven seasons with the Indians, Braves and D-backs, died in a car crash Sunday. He was 33.
“Everybody in our organization is hurting right now,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a conference call. “We were truly blessed to have been a part of his life. He will always be a special part of our organization.”
According to Moore, speed was not a factor in Ventura’s death.
“It was just a mountainous area with heavy fog. It’s obvious from the pictures that he did not have a seat belt on. No one has been able to confirm or deny alcohol was a factor, and I’ve asked repeatedly,” he said.
Ventura was a key factor in the Royals’ World Series win in 2015.
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