royalsYordano Ventura, of the Kansas City Royals, was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 25.

Ventura was killed on the Juan Adrián highway in San Jose de Ocoa, according to Colonel Jacobo Mateo Moquete, director of communications for the military and police of the Dominican Republic.

Moquete said Ventura was the lone passenger in the vehicle.

Ventura started 93 games in his career with the Royals, posting a 38-31 record and 3.89 ERA, and going 27-18 in 2014-15, when the Royals won back-to-back American League pennants and the 2015 World Series. Ventura made nine postseason starts in those seasons.

In an odd coincidence, former major league infielder Andy Marte, 33, also died in a car crash in the Dominican over the weekend. Ventura was the starting pitcher in the final game of Marte’s career, in August 2014.

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