Report: Royals pitcher dies in fatal car accident


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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, confirmed by the Dominican police force.

Ventura, 25, had 4.45 ERA with a record of 11-12 with 144 strikeouts, and 1.44 WHIP in 2016. For his short career, he had 3.89 ERA, 38-31 with 470 strikeouts and 1.34 WHIP. He was a World Series champion in 2015.

He signed with the Kansas City Royals as an international free agent in 2008 with a 28,000 signing bonus.

This is the second active major league pitcher to pass away over the last six months as Jose Fernandez passed away on Sept. 25.

Update: Former major leaguer Andy Marte also passed away on Saturday night in a seperate car crash in the Dominican Republic.

CubsHQ wants to wish our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Yordano Ventura, Andy Marte, and the entire baseball community.




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