Baseball fans in Nebraska are mourning the loss of 25 year old Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura.
He was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic over the weekend. Franchise Omaha Storm Chasers General Manager Martie Cordaro says he made his first appearance at Werner Park in 2013 but wasn’t here long. Cordaro says Ventura was with the Storm Chasers through the play-off run and then went to Kansas City and made his first start.
Cordaro remembers Ventura wowing the fans here in Omaha. He says, “The first time he pitched and I’m like something is wrong with the score board. We don’t see pitchers in 4th, 5th, 6th inning still throwing 101,102.”
Cordaro says Ventura was a true competitor and was a man who studied, worked hard, was one of the first in the clubhouse and listened to the veterans. After the brief stint in Omaha, Ventura helped the Kansas City Royals win the World Series in 2015. There was a candlelight vigil last night at Kauffman Stadium in his memory.
Major Leaguer Andy Marte was also killed in a separate car crash in the Dominican Republic over the weekend where he was playing winter ball. The 33 year old played for the Dimondbacks, Indians, Red Sox and Braves.