Today's sad coincidence of both of these DR players being killed in separate crashes is made all the more strange by one more element: Marte’s final game in the MLB came against Ventura in 2014. Marte struck out in that game, the last of his career.
Crash Details: Ventura
Jacobo Mateo Moquete, a national police colonel in the Dominican Republic, confirmed in a tweet that Ventura died in the accident. He shared photos from the scene:
Sadly, Ventura is the third active major league player who has died over the past five months. Former Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident on September 25, 2016.
Crash Details: Marte
Former major leaguer Andy Marte was killed this weekend in a separate car crash, also in the Dominican Republic. He was 33.
Metropolitan traffic authorities say Marte died early Sunday morning when a car he was driving hit a house along a road between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles north of Santo Domingo, the capital.Ventura’s defining moment may have come during Game 6 of the 2014 World Series, when he paid tribute to his countryman and friend, the late St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who had died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura allowed three hits over seven shutout innings that night, helping Kansas City force a decisive Game 7.
Recent Car Crashes Kill MLB Players
Born: June 3, 1991, Samaná, Dominican Republic
Died: January 22, 2017
Current team: Kansas City Royals (#30 / Pitcher)
Born: October 21, 1983, Villa Tapia, Dominican Republic
Died: January 22, 2017, San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Number: 28 (Arizona Diamondbacks / Infielder)
Born: July 31, 1992, Santa Clara, Cuba
Died: September 25, 2016, Miami Beach, FL
Number: 16 (Miami Marlins / Pitcher), 13 (Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp / Pitcher), 44 (Jupiter Hammerheads / Pitcher)
Born: June 19, 1992, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Died: October 26, 2014, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Number: 18 (St. Louis Cardinals / Outfielder)
Andújar Cedeño Donastorg (August 21, 1969 – October 28, 2000) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop from 1990 to 1996. Born in La Romana, Dominican Republic, he played for the Houston Astros from 1990 to 1994, the San Diego Padres in 1995, and in 1996 played for the Padres, Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros again. His brother is former MLB player Domingo Cedeño. Four years after he last appeared in the major leagues, Cedeño was died in an automobile accident on October 28, 2000, while heading to his home in La Romana, Dominican Republic. It took place after a game between the Tigres de Licey and the Azucareros del Este in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. While on his way home, the Mercedes Benz he was driving collided with a truck, killing him instantly.
Born: August 21, 1969, La Romana, Dominican Republic
Died: October 28, 2000, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic