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Yordano Ventura (left) and Andy Marte (AP photos)
Yordano Ventura (left) and Andy Marte (AP photos)

Two MLB players were killed in separate car crashes in the Dominican Republic


Two Major League Baseball players were killed in separate car crashes in their native Dominican Republic on Sunday. 

Yordano Ventura, 25,  pitched for the Kansas City Royals. Ventura played for the Royals in their 2015 World Series win and their 2014 loss in seven games.

 Andy Marte, 33, was no longer in the league, but had played for the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians before playing professional in South Korea, The Guardian reports

Marte's last MLB game was against the Royals in 2014. Ventura pitched that game.

Ventura died in a crash on the highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian. It's not clear if he was driving. 

Marte crashed into a house along another highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, authorities said. 

The Royals mourned the loss of Ventura in a statement.

Ventura was considered a rising star.

The Indians honored Marte and his "warm smile."

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