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Family, fans mourn for Dominican pitcher Yordano Ventura (The Associated Press)

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:50:20 PST

Dozens of children wearing blue T-shirts with the name ''Ventura'' emblazoned on the back gathered around a coastal home on Monday to pay their respects to their idol: Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. ''He was an inspiration to every kid,'' Santos told The Associated Press, recalling how Ventura took time to meet with members of the Kelly youth team that he once played for and gave them gifts, including uniform T-shirts. The children talked quietly among themselves as they sat in the patio of the house Ventura bought after signing with the Royals.



New details emerge about car accident that killed Yordano Ventura (Big League Stew)

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:11:35 PST

While people in the Dominican Republic and Kansas City mourn the death of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, we’re starting to learn more about the crash that killed him early Sunday morning. • Authorities in the Dominican Republic said Monday they hadn’t submitted the accident report yet, according to the Associated Press, but they think speed may have been the cause of the accident.



Royals' Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic (The Associated Press)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:31:55 PST

Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic. It was a chance tryout with the Kansas City Royals that changed the trajectory of his life. Ventura, whose nickname ''Ace'' fit so perfectly, died Sunday in a car crash on a stretch of highway near the town of San Adrian in his native Dominican Republic.



Current, former major leaguers die in Dominican crashes (The Associated Press)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:02:32 PST

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic. Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo said Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. Metropolitan traffic authorities said they had opened an investigation into the crash, as well as that of Marte, who died when the Mercedes Benz he was driving hit a house along a road between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.



Royals pitcher Ventura killed in car crash (Reuters)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:22:49 PST

(Reuters) - Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has been killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, the Major League Baseball team said on Sunday. "It is with a heavy and broken heart that we confirm the passing of Yordano Ventura," said Royals vice president of communications and broadcasting Mike Swanson on the team website (www.kansascity.royals.mlb.com). Ventura, one of the hardest-throwing starting pitchers in the majors, was 25.



Baseball-Royals pitcher Ventura killed in car crash (Reuters)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:57:09 PST

(adds MLB statement, and death of former major leaguer Marte) Jan 22 (Reuters) - Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has been killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, the Major League Baseball team said on Sunday. "It is with a heavy and broken heart that we confirm the passing of Yordano Ventura," said Royals vice president of communications and broadcasting Mike Swanson on the team website (www.kansascity.royals.mlb.com). Ventura, one of the hardest-throwing starting pitchers in the majors, was 25.



Some notable deaths of active pro baseball players (The Associated Press)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:23:42 PST

- Jan. 22, 2017: Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, 25, was killed in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. - Jan. 22, 2017: Andy Marte, 33, died in a separate car crash in his native Dominican Republic. Marte played in the majors from 2005-2010 with Atlanta and Cleveland, and returned in 2014 with Arizona.



Reaction to the death of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura (The Associated Press)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:18:17 PST

Reaction to the death of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura in a car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who played three full seasons with the Royals, was known to teammates by the nickname ''Ace'':



Danny Duffy, Christian Colon join fans in mourning Yordano Ventura at Kauffman Stadium (Big League Stew)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:05:58 PST

The baseball world lost one of its brightest young pitchers on Sunday when Yordano Ventura, the 25-year-old ace of the Kansas City Royals, was killed in a car accidents in Dominican Republic.



Royals pitcher Ventura dies in car accident (AFP)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:19:49 PST

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died Sunday after a car accident in his native Dominican Republic, the Major League Baseball team confirmed in a statement. Ventura, 25, a member of the Royals pitching rotation during their 2015 World Series win, died early Sunday, the team said. Ventura's death came on the same day that former major league player Andy Marte died in a separate car crash, also in the Dominican Republic, according to a statement by his management company on Twitter.



Former major leaguer Andy Marte killed in car accident at age 33 (Big League Stew)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:49:41 PST

Former Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians infielder Andy Marte has died following a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. He was 33.



Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash (Reuters)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:22:02 PST

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Yordano Ventura, a starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, Major League Baseball said on Sunday. He was 25. The Royals said in a statement posted on Twitter that the accident occurred on Saturday night, and no further details were immediately available. (Reporting by Letitia Stein; Editing by Paul Simao)



Spokesman for Kansas City Royals says pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic (The Associated Press)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:45:43 PST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Spokesman for Kansas City Royals says pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic.



Royals star Yordano Ventura dies in car accident at age 25 (Big League Stew)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:21:13 PST

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic early Sunday morning, according to Cristian Moreno of ESPN. Ventura was 25 years old. Jacobo Mateo Moquete, a national police colonel in the Dominican Republic, confirmed in a tweet that Ventura died in the accident.



Ozzie Guillen: No big leaguer should play winter ball (The Associated Press)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:32:09 PST

Former star shortstop Ozzie Guillen has a word of advice for big leaguers who want to play winter ball in Venezuela: Don't. Now guiding the Tiburones in his native country, the first Latino manager to win a World Series says any major leaguer who wants protect himself from getting hurt should avoid taking part. Among them are Kansas City Royals Gold Glove shortstop Alcides Escobar, who Guillen is coaching for the Tiburones.



Lowdown: Astros Eyeing Aces (Rotoworld)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:17:00 PST

The Houston Astros are casting a wide net in their search for a top starter on the trade market. Catch up on those rumors and more.



Edinson Volquez's brother murdered in Dominican Republic (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:05:23 PST

Edinson Volquez’s brother was murdered in the Dominican Republic on Monday. For the second time in 15 months, Miami Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez has tragically lost a family member. Brandy Volquez, the pitcher’s 25-year-old brother, was stabbed to death Monday, according to reports out of the Dominican Republic.



Hot Stove Digest: Astros still interested in Jose Quintana (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:54:53 PST

The 27-year-old lefty posted a 3.20 ERA over 208 innings last season. The White Sox have shown a willingness to part with talented players in the right deal this winter, and the Astros have consistently been named as a possible partner for Quintana.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:00:58 PST

The president, who has a home in Chicago, is a diehard Chicago White Sox fan but rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to reach the postseason. The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians in November.



Royals, left-hander Duffy agree to $65M, 5-year contract (The Associated Press)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:02:08 PST

Perhaps the Royals and Danny Duffy thought Kansas City sports fans could use some good news. The team announced a $65 million, five-year contract with the popular left-hander on Monday, ensuring he will remain with the Royals through the 2021 season. Duffy was eligible for arbitration and could have become a free agent after the upcoming season.



Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton get big-money deals (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:42:38 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration.



M's avoid arbitration with all players, like Smyly, Dyson (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:52:16 PST

The Mariners agreed to terms Friday on 2017 contracts with all of their arbitration-eligible players, including left-hander Drew Smyly and outfielder Jarrod Dyson after acquiring them in trades earlier this month. Smyly will earn $6.85 million, a raise from his $3.75 million last year, while Dyson is set to make $2.8 million after he earned $1,725,000 in 2016. Second baseman and shortstop Jean Segura earned a significant bump to $6.2 million, up from $2.6 million.



Royals, Hosmer agree to $12.25M deal to avoid arbitration (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:20:42 PST

The Royals have known all along that they would have Eric Hosmer anchoring their lineup next season. The Royals and the All-Star first baseman agreed on a $12.25 million contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration with a deal that could take the 27-year-old Hosmer to free agency after the season. The 27-year-old Hosmer made $8.3 million last season in the second year of a $13.9 million, two-year contract that he signed to avoid arbitration in 2015.



Mets settle with Familia, Harvey, deGrom, 3 others (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:39:01 PST

All-Star closer Jeurys Familia got a sizable raise from the New York Mets on Friday while still waiting to find out whether he'll be suspended by Major League Baseball under the sport's domestic violence policy. Starters Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, who both had season-ending surgery, also settled on one-year contracts and averted arbitration. Harvey got a raise to $5,125,000 from $4,325,000 and deGrom's salary increased to $4.05 million from $607,000.



MLB-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:51:39 PST

Washington Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $13.625 million deal Friday. The four-time All-Star was unanimous National League MVP in 2015 when he batted .330 with 42 homers and 99 RBIs. -- The Chicago Cubs and right-hander Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $15.64 million contract.



World Series champion Cubs to visit White House on Monday (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:10:52 PST

President Barack Obama will welcome the World Series champion Chicago Cubs at the White House on Monday, just five days before he leaves office. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Obama is ''really looking forward to it,'' as were a number of West Wing colleagues who are Cubs fans. ''I think anybody who's a sport fan, even if you're not a baseball fan and not a Cubs fan, appreciated the historic run that the Chicago Cubs had through the playoffs and to a World Series title this year,'' Earnest said.



Rejoice! Here are spring training report dates for all 30 teams (Big League Stew)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:34:20 PST

Winter is terrible. The weather is cold, the days are short and baseball news is scarce. The only thing keeping us sane is the promise of spring.



Lowdown: Trades Ahoy (Rotoworld)

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:07:00 PST

Nate Grimm discusses the Mariners' trades for Yovani Gallardo and Jarrod Dyson, and talks Jason Hammel's market in Monday's Offseason Lowdown.



Hot Stove Digest: Teams still pursuing trade for Andrew McCutchen (Big League Stew)

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 18:51:08 PST

Welcome to The Stew’s Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you’ll find a quick recap of all the day’s action and other fun stuff from around the internet that we think is worth your time.