Yordano Ventura Crash ... Investigators Believe He Was Speeding

Kristopher Nichols
January 24, 2017

While there were no reported signs of drugs or alcohol at the scene, ESPN believes Ventura - and former Major League Baseball player Andy Marte, who died in a separate auto accident - were both under the influence at the time of death.

Ventura, who was just 25 years of age, boasted one of the most electrifying fastballs in the game today and was expected to anchor the Kansas City rotation for years to come.

"He was an inspiration to every kid", Santos told The Associated Press, recalling how Ventura took time to meet with members of the Kelly youth team that he once played for and gave them gifts, including uniform T-shirts.

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Ventura was not wearing his seat belt and was thrown from his white Jeep after losing control on a mountainous stretch of highway, [Royals GM Dayton] Moore said. The right-hander wound up pitching his entire career for the Royals, going 38-31 with a 3.89 ERA. Martinez actually mentored Ventura.

Former major leaguer Andy Marte died in an unrelated vehicle accident about 100 miles north of the Dominican Republic capital.

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

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