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Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Yordano Ventura, an excitable pitcher with an electric fastball who helped the Kansas City Royals to their first World Series championship in 30 years, died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic early Sunday. He was 25.

The Royals nicknamed him “Ace” not as a label but as a reference to the movie “Ace Ventura,” yet they always anticipated he would harness a fastball that reached 100 mph and blossom into an elite pitcher. Instead, they were in mourning Sunday.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer posted a picture of him with Ventura on Instagram and wrote, “ACE I...

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