Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in auto crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a auto accident in the Dominican Republic Sunday morning, according to Cristian Moreno of ESPN.

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.

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UPDATE II - In the photo above, you can see Ventura's hat contains a tribute to his friend and fellow ballplayer Oscar Taveras, who was killed in a auto accident in October, 2014. In 2014, Ventura helped the Royals win the AL pennant. The pitcher and third baseman died in separate vehicle crashes in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The Royals were in the World Series at that time, and Ventura's tribute to Taveras was during Ventura's start in Game Six, when he shut out the Royals. He was twice named to the All-Star Futures Game and had a 38-31 career record with a 3.89 ERA. From 2003 to 2006, Marte was ranked by Baseball America as the 40th-, 11th-, ninth- and 14th-best prospect in the minor leagues. Marte played briefly for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014, ending a four-year hiatus from the majors, and then spent the last two years playing in South Korea.

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