Tragedy hits Major League Baseball as two stars die in separate car accidents on the same day
Tragedy struck the world of baseball on Sunday following the deaths of two Major League Baseball stars in two separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic.
Yordano 'Ace' Ventura, a pitcher with the Kansas City Royals, died aged just 25 after he was involved in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday.
"Our prayers right now are with Yordano's family as we mourn this young man's passing," said Royals general manager Dayton Moore.
"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."
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 22, 2017
In a separate car accident, which also occurred in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, Andy Marte also tragically lost his life.
Just 33 years old, Marte had spells with the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Angels between 2000 and 2013.
He spent the last two seasons playing with KT Wiz in the KBO League in Korea.
Sad to learn of Andy Marte's death this morning. He was a genuine person who always greeted you with a warm smile.
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) January 22, 2017