The MLB is mourning once again four months after the death of Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who is only 25 years old, died in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday in an automobile accident.
Yordano Ventura dead at 25 due to car crash
According to Sports Illustrated, Ventura died on January 22, Sunday at the Dominican Republic after being involved in a car accident. He was only 25 years old and he was preparing for his fourth full season in the MLB.
The report noted that Ventura might have been driving under the influence which might have caused the crash. He was sixth in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2014 and helped the Royals reached the World Series the same year.
Ventura was instrumental once again in 2015 when the Royals won their first World Series champion since 1985. He compiled a record of 38-31 with a 3.89 ERA and 470 strikeouts.
Royals, fans and entire MLB mourns death of Yordano Ventura
The entire MLB family is mourning the loss of Ventura. Players, fans and everyone in the baseball community have expressed their condolences to his family and the entire Royals organization. The Royals have released an official statement regarding Ventura’s death, via KMBC News 9.
“Our prayers right now are with Yordano’s family as we mourn this young man’s passing. He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We will get through this as an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano,” Royals GM Dayton Moore said.
Third accident-related death of active MLB player since 2014
Yordano Ventura is the third active player to die in an accident since 2014. His good friend Oscar Taveras of the St. Louis Cardinals died in car crash in the Dominican Republic that year. Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident last September.
Former Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was also killed in a car accident on Sunday in the Dominican Republic. The accidents were unrelated and Marte was 33 years old.
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