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    Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. He was 25.

    Dominican national police colonel Jacobo Mateo Moquete identified the victim of a fatal crash as Ventura. Ventura’s agency confirmed his death to’s Jesse Sanchez.

    Ventura’s death comes on the same day former Indians infielder Andy Marte was killed in a car crash in the Dominican. The accidents are unrelated.

    Ventura is believed to have been driving under the influence at the time of the crash, according to ESPN’s Cristian Moreno.

    Ventura was known for his electric fastball and, at times, his short temper. He was suspended nine games last season for throwing at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

    Ventura was a fixture in the Royals’ rotation since he finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2014. He went 11–12 last season with a 4.45 ERA.

    Ventura was close friends with Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras, who was killed in a car crash while driving drunk in October 2014. Ventura pitched his final game while wearing inscriptions on his hat paying tribute to Taveras and Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

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    New details emerge about car accident that killed Yordano Ventura

    Baseball world mourning another tragic loss

    While people in the Dominican Republic and Kansas City mourn the death of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, we’re starting to learn more about the crash that killed him early Sunday morning.

    There is still a lot that’s unknown about the accident that killed Ventura, 25, but a few things have been discovered or theorized:

    • Authorities in the Dominican Republic said Monday they hadn’t submitted the accident report yet, according to the Associated Press, but they think speed may have been the cause of the accident. However, Angela Martinez, the mother of Ventura’s daughter, said he was often cautious not to speed, because of the accident that killed his friend, fellow MLB player and countryman Oscar Tavares.

    • Ventura was driving through a thick fog about three hours southwest of his hometown of Las Terrenas, according to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. This is what authorities believe happened: Ventura lost control of the car after his tires went off the road, and the vehicle rolled over. Ventura was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car.

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    • There was no alcohol present at the scene, according to The Star. A toxicology report will take three weeks, so we won’t find out until then if alcohol or another substance was a factor in the crash.

    Driving in the Dominican Republic is hazardous enough on its own. In its last global report on road safety in 2013, the country is ranked first in motor vehicle deaths per capita. The rate of deadly accidents there is 30 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the AP.

    It’s a troubling problem, and one that the Royals themselves hadn’t ignored prior to this accident. Here’s what GM Dayton Moore said about that to the Kansas City Star.

    “We’re always (cautioning our players),” Moore said. “And I’m more intentional about it, to the point where it’s probably maybe even goes in one ear and out the other. But we’re constantly saying things.”
    In the end, there’s only so much that teams can do to prevent accidents like this. But Royals Review noticed a disturbing trend: Ventura is the fifth Dominican baseball player to lose his life in an automobile accident in the past year.

    Orioles minor leaguer Ramon Ramirez, Yankees minor leaguer Sandy Acevedo, and Astros minor leaguer Jose Rosario have all had their lives claimed recently.
    The fourth is Andy Marte, who died in a separate car accident just hours before Ventura did. And those five don’t include Taveras, the Cardinals outfielder whose deadly car accident was in 2014.

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    Not saying he was one of the best, but he was great for baseball because he had no fear about throwing at anyone. He was a firecracker of a pitcher for sure. This is terrible. Bad loss for baseball and for life.

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    Pedro Martinez Suggests Yordano Ventura was Robbed and Left to Die After Car Accident in Dominican Republic

    Pedro Martinez, who served as a mentor and was a childhood hero of Yordano Ventura, was devastated by the news of his death. On Sunday, he sent this out.

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    Pedro Martinez ✔ @45PedroMartinez
    Too much pain and sadness in just a few hours as I mourn the death of these two great Dominican players @YordanoVentura #AndyMarte #rip
    2:58 PM - 22 Jan 2017
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    Last night, he again took to Twitter to discuss the death of Yordano Ventura, writing some explosive and troubling details in Spanish:

    Pedro Martinez ✔ @45PedroMartinez
    Que indignante saber que una vida como la de Yordano pudo haberse salvado de no haber sido que lo saquearan de la forma en que lo saquearon
    11:17 PM - 23 Jan 2017
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    Pedro Martinez ✔ @45PedroMartinez
    Ahora es más doloroso al saber que Yordano quedo vivo luego del accidente y en vez de alguien socorrerlo, le robaron y lo dejaron morir.
    11:25 PM - 23 Jan 2017
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    Pedro Martinez ✔ @45PedroMartinez
    Ojalá se levante una investigación, pues si existen evidencias puntuales de esto, sentiría mucha vergüenza ajena por mi país.
    11:27 PM - 23 Jan 2017
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    And here’s a translation of that:

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    Ben Heisler ✔ @bennyheis
    The side-by-side of the tweets on Ventura from @45PedroMartinez and the English translation via Google Translate.
    12:08 AM - 24 Jan 2017
    66 66 Retweets 34 34 likes
    Martinez talks about Ventura’s life potentially being saved, but instead him being looted and robbed and left to die. He asks for an investigation into the specific details.

    A Dominican journalist, Euri Cabral, made the claims on Zol de Mañana on 106.5, that Ventura was found alive after the accident, but robbed and looted, including being stripped of his World Series ring. Ventura’s grandfather, Raul, has requested an investigation into his death.

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