- Associated Press - Sunday, January 22, 2017

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”:


“Such a sad day around the baseball community. … I will forever miss the battles we use to have! May you RIP my friend.” - Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez.


“What terrible news this morning! RIP Yordano. This kid was so talented and was only scratching the surface. Condolences to his family.” - Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price.


“Tragedy has no bias, people. Please, please be safe out there. Condolences to the Ventura family. #RIP Yordano, loved watching you throw.” - Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Christ Archer.


“Awful news. Ruined the day. Way too young. Prayers to the families and everyone involved!” - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman.

“I love you my brother. I’m in disbelief and don’t know what to say. I love you ACE.” - Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.


“I love you Ace. I don’t know what to say other than I’m going to miss you a lot. RIP ACE.” - Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.


“He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We will get through this as an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano.” - Royals general manager Dayton Moore.

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