The Baltimore Orioles join the rest of Major League Baseball in mourning the death of the Kansas City Royals’ pitcher Yordano Ventura. His Jeep was found overturned yesterday in the Dominican Republic. Along with Ventura’s body was found that of former Pittsburgh Pirate, Andy Marte. Condolences to all who knew and loved them.
This is only the latest players killed in accidents over the past few years. It’s unclear if this is something that the league will address, or if there was any ort of substance abuse involved. Time will tell.
I want to be up front about the fact that I wasn’t a fan of Ventura’s style. He was a great pitcher, and a great talent. However he caused multiple incidents involving bench-clearing brawls after beaning people – including one here in Baltimore last year. It got to the point to where if you looked at Ventura wrong, you were in danger o being hit.
But that’s beside the point. Someone’s death, especially one in that manner for someone that young, is always a sad affair. I never met Yordano Ventura in person, and for all I know he was the nicest person in the world off the field. But again, even that’s irrelevant.
What is relevant is that he had a family that loved him, and who now lacks him for the rest of time. That’s an incredibly sad prospect. Again, condolences to all who knew and loved him.