Written by Liz Charre, President
Another young developing baseball star was taken too soon from us. Yordano Ventura, the ace of the Kansas City Royals, died in a car accident early Sunday morning in the Dominican Republic. He was only 25 years old. Ventura is one of three young MLB players that have been taken from the game too soon. Cardinals OF, Oscar Taveras, was also killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic back in 2014 and Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died five months ago in a boating accident.
The cause of the accident is yet unknown but the Dominican police say they won’t rule out speed or alcohol. For now, Royals fans and players are remembering Ventura as a bright young star who loved the game of baseball. Many remember him as the hero in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series where his dominance on the mound forced a Game 7 against the San Francisco Giants.
He was given the nickname “ace” for his 100mph fastball that left several batters swinging and missing. Erick Hosmer, Ventura’s teammate, posted a picture of them on Instagram captioning, “I love you, my brother. I’m in disbelief and don’t know what to say, I love you ACE.” Mike Moustakas, another teammate, also expressed his disbelief through twitter: “I love you ACE. I don’t know what to say other than I’m going to miss you a lot. RIP ACE.” Other MLB players are expressing their disbelief and are taking their comments to Twitter and Instagram.
Ventura was not the only MLB player that died in a car accident Sunday morning. Andy Marte, former Cleveland Indians third baseman, was also killed in a separate car collision. Even though there were two separate collisions, death involved car accidents has increased in the Dominican Republic. Oscar Taveras, Yordano Ventura, and Andy Marte are just a few of a handful of baseball players who have been killed due to car accidents.
Although it has been heartbreaking for baseball fans, let’s remember them as committed, dedicated, and hard-working baseball players and human beings.