Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has reportedly died in a car crash earlier today. The news has come as a huge shock for the fans of the 25-year old pitcher who helped his side win the 2015 World Series title in 2015.
Latest reports suggest that the fatal car crash happened in his native Dominican Republic. Reports also suggest that a former player, Andy Marte, also lost his life in another car crash in Dominican Republic.
Venture was known for his speed and mesmerizing smile. Given his fast pace he was nicknamed “Ace,” and took the baseball world by surprise.
Yordano Ventura was not someone who can be shot down by his opponents. He was aggressive to the core and never shied away from confronting his opponents. He was a fierce competitor always willing to challenge hitters inside, then deal with the ramifications when they decided to charge the mound.
He was one of the favorite players of Kansas City Royals and the locals loved him immensely. In the year 2015, Ventura signed a five-year, $23 million contract with the Royals before. Named the Royals’ 2015 Opening Day starting pitcher, he started against the Chicago White Sox on April 6, 2015, where he pitched six innings until leaving the game with a right thumb cramp.
Ventura pitched to a 5.19 ERA before the Royals optioned him to Omaha on July 21. Jason Vargas, his replacement in the starting rotation, injured his elbow that night, and Ventura was recalled the next day. After initial struggle things started to fall in line for him and since August 11, 2015, Ventura posted a 1.13 ERA, with 43 strikeouts. In the 2015 regular season, Ventura pitched to a 13-8 record with a 4.08 ERA and 156 strikeouts.
In a statement released to the media Royals general manager Dayton Moore said “Our prayers right now are with Yordano’s family as we mourn this young man’s passing…He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We will get through this as an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano.”