Yordano Ventura, the Kansas City Royals 25-year-old star died in a car accident.
He was a fierce competitor always willing to challenge hitters inside, then deal with the ramifications when they decide to charge the mound. Quickly, he became a fan favorite as Kansas City embraced baseball once again.
The Royals confirmed Ventura’s death in an official statement.
“Obviously our prayers go out to Yordano’s family, all his friends, his teammates, our fans and everybody throughout the baseball community,”
Royals general manager Dayton Moore said on a conference call Sunday afternoon.
“Everybody with our team and our organization is hurting deeply. This is certainly something that puts everything into strong perspective. It’s a reminder that nobody is guaranteed tomorrow.”
Also Sunday, former major league infielder Andy Marte died in a separate car accident in the Dominican Republic. Metropolitan traffic authorities said he died about 95 miles north of Santo Domingo.
Members of the baseball community mourned both losses on Twitter.
Prayers and thoughts for the families of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte. Sad day for our baseball family. Life is so precious. #GoneTooSoon
— James McCann (@JamesMcCann34) January 22, 2017
Awful morning with news of deaths within hours of one another with Andy Marte and now Yordano Ventura
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 22, 2017
Thoughts and prayers out to the family and friends of #royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. So sad, life can be so fragile. RIP.
— Dan Plesac (@Plesac19) January 22, 2017
Yordano Ventura, a force of nature on the mound, a mite of a man who somehow conjured up 100 mph out of his body, was only 25 years old.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 22, 2017
Today our hearts go out to the entire @MLB community, and the family & friends of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) January 22, 2017
RIP Yordano Ventura, chuck some heat up in heaven 😔 pic.twitter.com/J1czOAfRpQ
— Kent (@RealKentMurphy) January 22, 2017