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Take a look at photos of Yordano Ventura through the years

Royals ace Yordano Ventura through the years

A look back at Kansas City Royals ace pitcher Yordano Ventura, from pitching in the All-Star Futures Game to his death and funeral in the Dominican Republic.
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A look back at Kansas City Royals ace pitcher Yordano Ventura, from pitching in the All-Star Futures Game to his death and funeral in the Dominican Republic.

It’s hard to remember sometimes that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was just 25 years old when he died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.

Ventura had pitched three full seasons and part of another. He also made 10 appearances in the playoffs and helped the Royals to a pair of World Series appearances and the 2015 championship.

Despite all that success in such a short amount of time, Ventura seemed poised for even greater things when he passed away. In tribute to Ventura’s life, The Star’s John Sleezer made a video with photos of his time in the Royals franchise. You can see it above.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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