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"We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Andy Marte and Yordano Ventura," players union executive Tony Clark said. "Yordano was a key figure in the Royals' recent success. He appeared as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning, facing Greg Holland, and struck out to end the game. I love you ACE @... “If he was still here, I would for sure be talking to him, and Oscar would be very happy for me and very proud. One of the architects of Kansas City Royal’s 2015 World Series title, the pitcher lost his life in a car crash in his Dominican Republic Sunday morning. Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo said Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles northwest of Santo Domingo. Ventura finished sixth in the Rookie of the Year voting. He signed a five-year contract extension with the Royals for $23 million in April 2015, the Kansas City Star reported. He made his start against the Chicago White Sox and pitched six innings before he had to leave the game with a right thumb cramp. I'm in disbelief and don't know what to say. (January 2015 Video by David Eulitt and Monty Davis | The Kansas City Star). Authorities said Ventura’s body was taken to Santiago for an autopsy. Dominican pitcher who made his major league debut with the Kansas City Royals in 2013. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also issued a statement saying it was a sad day for the game, especially in the Dominican Republic. In Game 3 of the World Series, Ventura gave up five runs and took the loss, but the Royals ended up defeating the Mets to win the World Series. Ventura was 25. "It's never easy to lose a member of our fraternity, and there are no words to describe the feeling of losing two young men in the prime of their lives. In 2015, the Kansas City Royals did something that people did not think they would do and that was win the World Series. This is certainly something that puts everything into strong perspective. Kansas City advanced to a second straight World Series and took on the New York Mets. We're going to miss him.''. Ventura paid tribute to Taveras during the 2014 World Series. In 2015, the Kansas City Star went to Ventura’s native Dominican Republic to speak to his mother and others who helped him escape poverty to reach the MLB. Somber scene at Kauffman Stadium as fans come to mourn the loss of their Ace. The Royals went on to beat the New York Mets in five games to win their second championship. Whether it's scouts, coaches or front office people, we feel extremely responsible as an organization to communicate effectively and challenge our players at every level of the organization about the importance of making great choices.''. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and The Associated Press contributed to this report. “From the minute that I found out about Oscar, I said this game was going to be dedicated to him.”. The two did not face each other in the game. Ventura was the lone person in his car when he crashed on the Juan Adrián highway in San Jose de Ocoa, Colonel Jacobo Mateo Moquete, director of communications for the police in the Dominican Republic, said on Twitter. The Royals finished as one of the top teams in the American League for a second straight season. I don't know what to say other then I'm going to miss you a lot. Very few players from the Dominican academies reach the pinnacle of the sport. Ventura will be buried Tuesday in the Dominican Republic. On January 22, 2017, Ventura was involved in a car crash where he lost control of his Jeep and flipped over on a curved road. The death of young Yordano Ventura has shattered millions and millions of his fans across the US and the Dominican Republic. He eventually became a cornerstone of a youth movement that included young stars such as first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas, one that carried the Royals first to respectability, then to the top of the American League -- rare heights the organization had not experienced in decades. After a successful performance in 2014, he was named the Royals’ 2015 Opening Day starter. "Everybody in our organization is hurting right now," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a conference call. The Royals ended up losing the series to the Giants, but Ventura won a ring a year later, as the Royals beat the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series. Ventura made three starts and finished with an 0-1 record with an ERA of 3.52. Cause of Death. His electric talent on the mound helped lead the Royals to two American League pennants and the 2015 World Championship," he said. Moore, manager Ned Yost and other members of the Royals are planning to attend. KANSAS CITY -- Yordano Ventura, a rising star right-hander with the Royals, died early Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic at the age of 25. Taveras' funeral occurred just hours before Ventura stepped on the mound. "I'm intentional about it to the point where maybe it goes in one ear and out the other. He also pitched in Game 6 with the Royals down 3-2 in the series. Traffic Collision. The following year, firmly entrenched in the rotation, Ventura helped lead Kansas City back to the World Series, pitching well in two starts against Toronto in the AL Championship Series. Royals starting pitcher that day? He was 25. Yordano Ventura, a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, has died in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic, the team says. You can watch video from that below: Becoming Yordano: A trip to the backroads of the Dominican RepublicThe Kansas City Star visited Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura in his home country, the Dominican Repulic, early this month. The investigation into the crash is still ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families, friends, teammates and fans throughout the United States and Latin America.". "From the minute that I found out about Oscar, I said this game was going to be dedicated to him," an emotional Ventura said then. He won a World Series Championship with the team in 2015. He was a fierce competitor always willing to challenge hitters inside, then deal with the ramifications when they decided to charge the mound. "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. The organization took it to heart and was very upset about the passing of their former pitcher.

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