In addition to news of Yordano Ventura, former MLB pro Andy Marte was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, his agency announced Sunday (Jan. 22). He was just 33 years old.
Local authorities said Marte died early Sunday morning, when a car he was driving hit a house along a road.
J.M.G. Baseball, which represented Marte, confirmed his death via Twitter.
— BallplayersAgency (@BPA_Agency) January 22, 2017
His former teams, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians, also took to Twitter to express their shock.
Sad to learn of Andy Marte's death this morning. He was a genuine person who always greeted you with a warm smile.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) January 22, 2017
We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Brave Andy Marte. Our thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/Au1sgqMItS
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) January 22, 2017
We are deeply saddened to hear that former D-back Andy Marte has passed away. Our thoughts are with his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/1rnQcUqq0A
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) January 22, 2017
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was also killed on Sunday in the Dominican Republic in a separate car accident.
Marte has played the past two seasons for the KT Wiz of the Korean Baseball Organization, while last playing in the majors with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.