Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura dies in Dominican Republic crash

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. He was 25. Ventura pitched for the Royals in two World Series, in 2014 and 2015. The team’s general manager, Dayton Moore, said Ventura was “so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberence.” His death came on the same day that former Major League infielder Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican Republic, and just four months after another gifted young pitcher, the Miami Marlins’ Jose Fernandez, was killed in a boating accident.

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