Horrible news breaking for the Kansas City Royals, their fans, and baseball lovers everywhere, as Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car accident on early Sunday morning.
Yordano Ventura, the Kansas City Royals hero in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series, has passed away after a fatal car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning.
The 25-year old pitcher was heading into his fifth season with the Royals and was projected to be the number two starter in the rotation behind Danny Duffy.
The news broke from Cristian Moreno of ESPN via Twitter shortly before 10 AM on Sunday.
We will update this post as we receive more information, but this is tragic news. Ventura was one of the fastest throwing pitchers in the major leagues and had some amazing moments for the Kansas City Royals. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
His best moment came in Game 6 of the World Series when he pitched seven innings of three-hit baseball and allowed zero runs. Ventura pitched like a Royals legend that night and he’ll be remembered as a Kansas City Royals legend for sure.
In that game, Ventura wore an “OT” on his hat in memory of his late friend Oscar Taveras, who had passed just days before the game. Ventura made Taveras proud that night and Royals fans know he’ll be watching over this team when the 2017 season begins.
Ventura was one of the most electrifying young players in the major leagues and he will most definitely be missed.
The Kansas City Royals have confirmed Ventura’s death around 10:30 Sunday morning.
When I woke up and saw on Twitter that Ventura had passed away, I was in shock, as I’m sure all of Royals nation was. Ventura had a bright future as a starting pitcher for the Royals and was only just beginning to hit his stride. We’ll never get to see what Yordano Ventura could have become and that’s truly sad.
Ventura was only 25 years old and would have turned 26 in June. He was one of the young phenomenons in Major League Baseball and he’ll always be loved by Royals fans and baseball fans alike for his passion for the game.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Ventura’s family.