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.