The sports world woke up to some tragic news on Sunday morning.
Former major leaguer Andy Marte and Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura were both killed in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic within an hour of each other, according to multiple reports. A Royals representative confirmed the death of 25-year-old Ventura.
The Cubs and White Sox took to Twitter to give their condolences:
The Cubs send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte, and to the entire @MLB community.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 22, 2017
Our deepest condolences go out to the Marte family. https://t.co/Vc0QBZGtNQ— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) January 22, 2017
Heart broken for the families and former teammates of both Ventura and Marte. Hug the ones you love in their honor. #RIP life is too short— John Baker (@manbearwolf) January 22, 2017
Always a tragedy when a life is lost too soon. The Baseball Community took another hit RIP Andy Marte and Yordano Ventura— Jon Jay 2Js (@jonjayU) January 22, 2017
Ventura was a member of the Royals from 2013-16 and won a World Series title in 2015 with Ben Zobrist and Wade Davis, who the Cubs acquired this offseason for Jorge Soler. Ventura also played with White Sox pitcher James Shields in 2013-14.
Marte, 33, played a majority of his seven-year career with the Cleveland Indians. He was teammates with Todd Hollandsworth (Atlanta 2005), Kerry Wood (Cleveland 2009-10), and Miguel Montero (Arizona 2014).