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Another Rising Star Crashed

Yordano Ventura's overturned vehicle

Another Rising Star Crashed

BY Matthew Long


It was not even four months ago when the fatal news of the boat crash involving 24-year-old, Miami Marlins pitching star, José Fernandez lit up the news. Sadly to say another rising star crashed, this time it was the Kansas City Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura.

Ventura, 25, and native of the Dominican Republic, was home over the winter as many players from the Caribbean are. He was traveling on a highway that led through the town of Juan Adrián, a little over 40 miles northwest of Santo Domingo, where his vehicle wrecked in the early morning hours Sunday, according to Coronal Jacobo Mateo, spokesman for the National Police.

At this point in their investigation, Mateo said, that it is unclear if Ventura was driving the vehicle or not. Ventura was accompanied by his friend Franklin Medrano, according to the Official Center of Ministry of Public Works and Communications (MOPC), who also passed way in the accident. The Coronal stated the body would be taken to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences (INACIF), in Santiago, for a final autopsy and then returned to the family. Ventura’s funeral with be held in Las Terenas, his hometown.

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura

via Greg M. Cooper / USA Today Sports / Reuters

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported just hours prior to Venture’s, that Andy Marte, 33, a retired major leaguer, who played for the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks, was killed in an unrelated auto accident. Mars had finished the last two years of his career in the Korean Baseball League with KT Wiz. Marte collided into a house near the highway, between the towns of San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, around 90 miles north of the capital city.

Ventura’s path to his MLB rise was by no means easy. Born in Santa Bárbara de Samaná, a city of just over 100,000 people and less than an hours drive to where he will be laid to rest. At the age of 14, he dropped out of school to take up a construction job to help his family with income. Ventura attended a tryout some time after, for MLB, he was then entered into the KC Dominican Royals Academy in Salcedo, DR.

The Academy has been raved as a success and was the be where he earned his nickname “Ace”, Ventura. His burst onto the major league scene, in 2013, featured 100 miles per hour gas and a fighter’s attitude. He was known for his fearless pitching and routinely pushed the ball tight-and-in on batters and not backing down if they come to meet him on the mound.

In the first full season for Ace in the majors, he found himself displaying his talent in the Royals first appearance in the World Series since 1985. He started in two games, striking out 6, with a WHIP of 1.30, and an ERA of 1.46 in 12.1 innings of work. Kansas City lost the series in seven games but came back to win it all the next season.

In game six of the World Series, Ventura paid tribute to friend and St. Louis Cardinals up-and-coming outfielder Oscar Taveras, who days before met the same fate in a traffic accident in their home country, and was buried hours before Ace took to the hill.

And now people pay tribute to him:


[Photos: Twitter & Greg M. Cooper / USA Today Sports / Reuters]



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