D.R. BASEBALLERS DIE IN CAR CRASHES HOURS APART
Written by IrieJam Radio on January 24, 2017
2 Dominican Major League Baseball players were killed in separate car accidents on the same day.
Pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, Yordano Ventura and former Cleveland Indians third baseman, Andy Marte, both died on Sunday at home in the Dominican Republic.
Reports are that 25-year-old Yordano Ventura, was driving through thick fog and lost control after his tires went off the road, causing his car to roll over. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car.
While 33-year-old Andy Marte died after his car hit a house along a road. Both men were the lone passengers in their vehicles.
Ventura was known for his fastball, which could top 100mph, and helped the Royals win the 2015 World Series. Royals’ General Manager, Dayton Moore, said the team mourns “this young man’s passing” and called Ventura young, talented, and full of youthful exuberance, always bringing a smile to everyone he interacted with.
During his career, Marte played for the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks, ending with a record of 21 home runs and 99 RBIs. In his last game before retiring, he batted against Ventura, who struck him out.
The Dominican Republic has the highest traffic accidental death rate in the Americas, and Ventura and Marte make the 3rd and 4th Major League Baseball players to die in car accidents in the country since 2000.
Ventura and Marte’s – who died within hours of each other, follow Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernandez of Cuba who was killed in a boating accident last September.