MLB players mourn the deaths of Yordano Ventura, Andy Marte

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura’s sudden death Sunday shook the baseball world. After news of his passing broke, many players took to social media to pay tribute to Ventura. 

Ventura was killed Sunday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. He is believed to have been driving under the influence. His death comes on the same day former major league infielder Andy Marte was killed in a car crash in the Dominican. 

Both players’ passings elicited an emotional reaction from his fellow players, including many current and former teammates.

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ACE I love you my brother. I'm in disbelief and don't know what to say. I love you ACE 🙏🏽

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Que dios los tenga en gloria 💔💔💔💔😭😭😭

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Speechless over here, we all going to miss u brother!!! RIP @venturayordano U will be my brother to the end, and u will always be miss!!! See u at the end of the Crossroads Brother!!!! I Love u kid!!!!!

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My thoughts & prayers were immediately directed to my beloved Royals family who will confront this tragic loss together. And I cannot imagine the sadness & pain that Yordano's immediate family & friends must be experiencing. Yordano "Ace" Ventura was a young & vibrant kid. He had the world at his fingertips & lived life to its fullest. He was always smiling & always messing w/ the boys. On the field he was a fiery competitor, someone willing to stand up to any challenge & overcome. It was a reflection of the life he lived while growing up in his native Dominican Republic. His spirit will live on, his impact will last, his memory will endure forever. #RIPAce

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Ventura, 25, was one of the Royals’ most promising young pitchers. He finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2014 and was a key member of the rotation for the past three seasons. 

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