Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the respective passings of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who was 25, and former Major League infielder Andy Marte, who was 33:
"Today is a very sad day for our entire game and particularly for the many loyal fans in the Dominican Republic, the home of both Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte.
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"Yordano was a key figure in the Royals' recent success. His electric talent on the mound helped lead the Royals to two American League pennants and the 2015 World Championship. Andy was a respected member of six organizations who played seven Major League seasons, including for the Cleveland Indians from 2006-2010.
"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to the families, teammates, friends and fans of both players."