Former major leaguer Andy Marte killed in vehicle accident at age 33

The Royals lowered their flag to half-staff in Ventura's memory.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, a rising young star in Major League Baseball, was killed in a auto crash in the Dominican Republic, his native country.

The baseball family is mourning the loss of two of its members, with news of Yordano Ventura's and Andy Marte's death casting a sadness over the sport. Two days after his friend Oscar Taveras died in a vehicle accident in October 2014, Ventura wrote "RIP OT #18" in silver Sharpie on his cap and went out and threw seven shutout innings against the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of the World Series.




In a separate incident, former Major League player Andy Marte, 33, also died in a auto crash in Dominican Republic. He debuted for the club in 2013 and went on to pitch in two World Series games in 2014 and 2015.

Marte signed with the Braves in 2000 at 16 and quickly became one of the top prospects in baseball. Ventura was the opposing starting pitcher in Marte's final major-league game. He played five seasons with Cleveland before playing in the Minor Leagues within the Pittsburgh Pirates', Los Angeles Angels' and Arizona Diamondbacks' organizations.

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