The surreal connection between the late Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was not wearing a seatbelt when he was killed after he lost control of his Jeep in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, Royals general manager Dayton Moore told The Kansas City Star.

Ventura had been a mainstay in the Royals' rotation the last three seasons, finishing sixth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2014.

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Ventura wasn't wearing his seat belt and was driving through fog at the time of the crash.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate auto crash in the Dominican.

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The 33-year-old Marte, who Baseball America ranked the No. 9 MLB prospect entering 2005, batted.218 over seven seasons (308 games) in the majors. He spent the last two seasons in South Korea, where he hit 22 homers previous year.

CNN reports that the 25-year-old was in the Dominican Republic over the weekend and passed away following a vehicle accident.

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An investigation into Ventura's death is still ongoing.

Two other active Dominican baseball players have died on the country's unsafe highways in recent years.

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A 2015 study by the World Health Organization found that the Dominican Republic had the highest traffic accident death rate in the Americas, with a rate of 29.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.


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