Tragic News – Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte Dead In Separate Car Accidents

We use the RIP tag too often around here.

Sad news this morning. The Associated Press and ESPN have confirmed the deaths of former MLB player Andy Marte – most notably with the Braves and Indians – and current Royals pitching star Yordano Ventura. Both men died in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic.

Marte was 33. Ventura was 25.

Ventura was the ace of the Kansas City Royals pitching staff, and undoubtedly their workhorse. Many of us remember his most brilliant pitching performance came in the World Series after the death of his friend Oscar Tavares (in a car accident). He was also known for having a temper as hot as his fastball, but recently had turned the corner towards harnessing that passion into his pitching.

Marte was a top prospect for Atlanta, with raw talent, but was never able to capitalize on his talent. He played infield for the Indians, and most recently played for a KBO team.

I’ll leave you with this odd, incredibly sad fact.

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17 thoughts on “Tragic News – Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte Dead In Separate Car Accidents

  1. Really enjoyed watching Andy Marte during his time in the KBO, he really gives the LG Twins a hard time but man, you gotta love the energy he brings to his team… he was loved by his fans in Korea, so hearing this tragic news is truly heartbreaking for them/us to hear. RIP, Andy, and Yordano.

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  2. What, again? Yes, it’s a tragedy but every time you pick up a newspaper here in Macondo, where coverage of the islands is much more extensive than in the rest of the country, you read about some other baseball player, local sports or cultural figure or their family members on the island dying in a car accident or being shot or stabbed. Yet, even without the booze the roads in the Dominican are like something out of an arcade racing game but with lousy pavement. Once you get outside of Santo Domingo or off the two main highways between the capital and Punta Cana or Santiago de los Caballeros, getting where you’re going by car is a crapshoot. If they built prisons for nothing but drunk drivers there, the cellblocks would be packed like Tokyo subway cars at rush hour within a couple of weeks. I got up at dawn and took a drive up into the mountains to the southwest of Santo Domingo in hopes of spotting some rhinoceros iguanas in the wild, but headed back to the city before dusk because even in broad daylight people were driving like idiots. They make Israeli drivers look like little old ladies coming home from church.

    I’m sorry to lose a young star like Ventura or another young guy like Marte, but one visit to the DR was more than enough for me. I got my tan, ate too much and got out. With the Caribbean for a backyard I’ve traveled the islands extensively since I was a college student. That culture is deeply dysfunctional, more so, it seems, than any other Caribbbean society except maybe Haiti next door (though not as bad as Chicago), and it’s way too late to keep blaming it all on Trujillo. It’s too bad, because it’s such a beautiful country otherwise.

    We never did see any wild rhinos. Even with those pine seed sized brains, I guess they’re just smarter than the locals and know to stay off the roads.

    For all that, it’s long past time for MLB to crack down hard on intoxicated driving or boating – since you can add the death of El Keed to the deaths of those Cleveland pitchers who crashed into the dock during spring training some years back – or even citations for public intoxication, akin to their domestic violence policies.

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    • I hear you, Gator. Of all the Caribbean islands, the DR is not on my short list (or even my long list, for that matter) of ones I want to visit. And driving while I am there isn’t on my list of the top one billion things I want to do before I die…. likely because it would be the last thing I did.

      MLB has a treasure trove of potential young talent in the DR… it would behoove them to sink some money into some sort of training/awareness for substance abuse, but, as you point out, the cultural dysfunction would be hard to change.

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      • From The Score:
        No alcohol was found at the scene.
        “Moore was made aware by officials that Ventura wasn’t wearing his seat belt at the time and was driving in poor conditions that included thick fog on a mountainous highway called Carretera Juan Adrian located in San Jose de Ocoa. It’s believed the circumstances caused Ventura – whose car was found considerably off the road – to lose control of the vehicle resulting in the crash.”

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        • The article also says that the toxicology testing will require several weeks. Regardless, it’s hard not to read between the lines. If it was a single car accident, if he was going fast enough in the fog on a winding road to leave the pavement by considerable distance and get himself killed when any sane or sober person would have been crawling along, then this guy either wasn’t sober or had some really bad driving habits.

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        • Young. Drive fast, even in shitty conditions. I’m immortal. It’s fun/thrilling! We all (at least some of us) did really stupid/ I can’t believe I got thru that things when we were young. At least, I know I did some really risky stuff when I was a younger person, and they didn’t always involve alcohol. How about you?

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        • All the really stupid things I did when I was younger involved women or rhinoceros iguanas. I didn’t take chances with foggy roads. If the pea soup came down, I crawled or pulled off the highway.

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      • Yeah, I just went that once and haven’t gone back, even though the rhinoceros iguanas are still waiting to greet me. It is a beautiful country, as I said, but the crime rate and the lunatic drivers are persuasive deterrents to a return visit.

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