Yordano Ventura & Andy Marte killed in Dominican Republic vehicle

Kansas City Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura and former major league infielder Andy Marte, who spent 2011 in the Pirates organization, were killed in separate vehicle accidents Sunday in the Dominican Republic, according to local authorities.

The Kansas City Royals announced Ventura's death Sunday in a statement. The pitcher and third baseman died in separate auto crashes in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

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Ventura, a 25-year-old righthanded flamethrower, was killed Sunday in a auto accident in his native Dominican Republic, and the Royals wasted little time in honoring the late promising pitcher.

Ventura was 25 years old. The next season, Kansas City and Ventura went on to win the World Series over the New York Mets. He was twice named to the All-Star Futures Game and had a 38-31 career record with a 3.89 ERA.

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Marte signed with the Braves in 2000 at 16 and quickly became one of the top prospects in baseball. The Boston Red Sox acquired him in December of that year but traded him to the Cleveland Indians before the 2006 season. He'd spent the last two seasons playing in South Korea, where he enjoyed great success with the KT Wiz in the Korea Baseball Organization.

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