Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals pitcher, was killed in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic, per reports on Twitter, at the age of 25.
There is no official confirmation on this yet, and you have to hope this is some sort of mistake.
This tragedy comes on the heels of the death of Andy Marte, the former major league infielder who was killed in a traffic accident last night.
A very sad day for baseball...we will update when more information becomes available.
UPDATE -- Cristian Moreno with ESPN says the Dominican Republic police have confirmed that Ventura was killed in the early hours of the morning in an auto accident.
UPDATE II — In the photo above, you can see Ventura’s hat contains a tribute to his friend and fellow ballplayer Oscar Taveras, who was killed in a car accident in October, 2014. The Royals were in the World Series at that time, and Ventura’s tribute to Taveras was during Ventura’s start in Game Six, when he shut out the Giants.
The 25 year old righthander had 93 major league starts and one relief appearance over his four year career, with a 3.89 ERA and a 38-31 record.