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Andy Marte and Yordano Ventura killed in car accidents

Morning news and notes for Monday, January 23, 2017

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Awful news to list here today.

Andy Marte, former Indians infielder, killed in car accident

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Marte, who played parts of five seasons with the Indians from 2006 through 2010, was killed in a car accident early Sunday morning in his native Dominican Republic.

From Jason Lukehart:

Because Marte didn't live up to fans' hopes with the Indians, he is often remembered less than fondly. It's an unfortunate legacy that often comes with the territory of being a highly touted athlete. In April of 2007, an early-season series between the Indians and Angels was moved from Cleveland to Milwaukee because of snow. Two friends and I drove up from Chicago for the series opener. Andy Marte doubled twice, driving in three runs in a 7-6 Tribe victory. It was a great day.

Yordano Ventura dies in car accident at age 25

Yahoo Sports (Townsend) | SB Nation (Eggleston)

Ventura died in a car crash in the Domican Republic early Sunday morning. He spent his entire professional career with the Kansas City Royals organization and pitched in two World Series. Ventura won 38 games in 93 MLB starts.

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