For the second time in five months, a young MLB pitcher lost his life too soon. A former longtime major leaguer was also tragically lost.
Yordano Ventura, a flamethrower for the Kansas City Royals, died in an automobile accident this weekend. Ventura was 25 years old. In game 6 of the 2014 World Series, Ventura pitched a gem: Seven shutout innings and just three hits to help the Royals force a game seven against San Francisco. The performance was dedicated to his lost friend and St. Louis Cardinal Oscar Taveras, who was just lost in an automobile accident. Ventura won a ring with Kansas City the following season.
Andy Marte died in a car accident Jan. 22 at age 33. Marte was a versatile infielder who carved out a decade-long career in baseball. After debuting with the Atlanta Braves in 2005, Marte played with Cleveland from 2006-10. He bounced around in the minor leagues and Atlantic League of Professional Baseball before playing for the Diamondbacks in 2014.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte. RIP.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) January 22, 2017
Baseball reacted to the losses of two members of its family.
The Dodgers send their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte over their tragic passing.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 22, 2017
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) January 22, 2017
Devastating news to wake up and see, thoughts and prayers to Ventura and Martes families. Life is too short, never take anything for granted
— June Calhoun (@11WillieCalhoun) January 22, 2017
First Jose, now Yordano… two of my favorite pitchers to watch compete are gone. Very sad how fragile life can be.
— Brock Stewart (@Brock_A_Stewart) January 22, 2017
— Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) January 22, 2017
— MLB (@MLB) January 22, 2017
Sad to learn of Andy Marte's death this morning. He was a genuine person who always greeted you with a warm smile.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) January 22, 2017
Official statement from the Kansas City Royals organization. pic.twitter.com/AgInmjHWAB
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 22, 2017
Simply tragic news. Thoughts and prayers go out for Yordano's and Marte's families, Royals fans, and the entire baseball community.
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) January 22, 2017
Ned Yost said he will accompany Dayton to the Dominican tomorrow. "It just hasn't sunk in yet. Not sure it ever will."
— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) January 22, 2017
Andy Marte's last MLB game was 8/6/14 w/ Arizona, against KC. Royals starting pitcher that day? Yordano Ventura. Both gone too soon. RIP.
— Robert Ford (@raford3) January 22, 2017
From earlier: Thoughts on Yordano Ventura. https://t.co/91brOeK9lV
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 22, 2017
Yordano was a fierce competitor on the field with a bright smile in the clubhouse. We would not have won 15' WS without him. Thank you Ace
— Ben Zobrist (@benzobrist18) January 23, 2017
So sad to hear the news about Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte, RIP and our prayers to their families.
— Edgar Martinez (@11EdgarMartinez) January 22, 2017
To the families of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte. I send my deepest condolences. RIP. pic.twitter.com/mC9EihLMXg
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) January 22, 2017
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) January 23, 2017
Saddened to wake up to the news of the passing of Yordano Ventura and ex teammate Andy Marte. Condolences and prayers to both families. #RIP
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) January 22, 2017
Dayton Moore talked to Yordano Ventura more than any other player. I went to his Atlanta hotel room to hear more. https://t.co/3WqekycAiX
— Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) January 23, 2017
— Jason Grill (@JasonGrill) January 22, 2017
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) January 22, 2017
Good days….R.I.P kid pic.twitter.com/lbS9CWi3aF
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) January 22, 2017
Damn man RIP @YordanoVentura …
— Dee Gordon (@FlashGJr) January 22, 2017
Somber scene at Kauffman Stadium as fans come to mourn the loss of their Ace. pic.twitter.com/da47HtoyMF
— MLB (@MLB) January 22, 2017
I love you Ace. I don't know what to say other then I'm going to miss you a lot. RIP ACE.
— Mike Moustakas (@Mooose_8) January 22, 2017
— Stephanie Leith (@sleith9806) January 22, 2017
We mourn the passing of our brothers, Andy Marté and Yordano Ventura. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and teammates. pic.twitter.com/Cw2HR6u8v9
— New York Mets (@Mets) January 22, 2017
— Christian Colón (@C24Colon) January 22, 2017