Since joining the Kansas City Royals Yordano Ventura has become a household name around the league. For Royals fans, seeing Ventura come to the mound and fire to the strike-zone has become an a custom lifestyle. The Ventura-ERA with the Royals just took an unexpected turn.
The Royals invested in Ventura for a series of reasons. He was a talented pitcher, and someone they could build a future with. His baseball career was just cut short in a tragic way.
Ventura will not be playing in the 2017 season with the Royals, nor will he be seen arriving at Royals spring training camp. Many players return to their native country during the off-season, and Ventura was among one of those players. Jose Fernandez will not be the only star pitcher to be involved in a deadly accident in the past year.
The Kansas City Royals starter, Ventura was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday, according to the New York Daily News. The Dominican police confirmed the death of the 25-year-old pitcher. The accident occurred in the town of Juan Adrian.
Royals General Manager Dayton Moore released a statement, “Our prayers right now are with Yordano’s family as we mourn this young man’s passing.” He continued to say how talented the youngster was, full of exuberance and always brought a smile to the face of everyone he met. “We will get through this as an organization.”
Moore continued to say that the Royals are going to mourn, but at the same time celebrate Ventura’s life. His career may only of turned out to be a few years, but he gave Kansas City a great few years, and was beloved by teammates.
Ventura is not the only player the baseball world lost recently. The Royals pitchers tragic accident comes hours after the death of Andy Marte. The 33-year-old, Marte was also killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning. Marte was a top prospect and played third base for teams including the Diamondbacks, Indians, and Braves.
In total, Ventura spent four years with the Royals. He accomplished many things in his short stint with the team. He even helped bring them a World Series win in 2015 against the Mets.
He was known for his fastball that hit triple digits. It was even enough to earn him a pay-day in the 2015 season when the Royals gave Ventura a five-year deal worth $24 million. Ventura will be ending his career with 94 regular season games, a record of 38-31, and an ERA of 3.89.
What kind of honoring will the Kansas City Royals be likely to do? Could Ventura’s number be retired? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod
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