Jan. 31, 2017
Thoughts and Prayers For The Loss of Two MLB Players, Yordano Ventura And Andy Marte
MLB Spring Training just days away and sad news announced yesterday. Two players, one current and one formerly in the MLB, were killed in automobile accidents in the Dominican Republic.
Kansas City Royals, 25 year old, starting pitcher Yordano Ventura. Full of life and on his way to many seasons on the hill. His debut was September 17, 2013, which he made three game starts that season. In his four years in the majors and solely with the Royals, he was 38-31 and held a 3.89 ERA with a total of 547.2 innings pitched being apart of their rotation. He was not in contention for a Cy Young Award; but, Ventura was a solid pitcher for the Kansas City team. He was from Samana, Dominican Republic.
Former 33 year old MLB player, 3B/1B Andy Marte, was seven years in the majors. Began his career in 2005 with the Atlanta Braves. The next five seasons he was with the Cleveland Indians; and, in 2014 was brought back from the minors and was part of the Arizona Diamondbacks before he retired. He was born in Villa Tapia, Hermanas Mirabal, Dominican Republic.
Two players gone too soon to join Cardinals Oscar Taveras (1992-2014, age 22) and Marlins Jose Fernandez (1992-2016, age 24) ~ both, also, from the Dominican Republic.
Cardinals and Marlins fans can certainly relate to the sudden news. Especially that of Yordano Ventura. A young, prospective player of the future, a player who is taken in an instant to play no more. The news is surreal, unbelievable, and takes moments to grasp in full. The sadness for their families, the MLB world and the Royals is heartfelt by all baseball fans. My thoughts and prayers go out to both families as they prepare to say, "Good-bye".
Yordano Ventura: June 3, 1991 - January 22, 2017. Andy Marte: October 21, 1983 - January 22, 2017. May you both ~ Rest in Peace.