Recent passings.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A couple tragedies this past week. On the same day, in two separate car crashes in the Dominican Republic, Royals’ pitcher Yordano Ventura and former MLB infielder Andy Marte died.

Ventura, 25, was 38-31, 3.89, ERA+ 107 in his brief MLB career. He won 14 games for the 2014 AL Champs and 13 for the 2015 WS Champs. He finished 6th in ROY voting in 2014. He went 1-2, 4.66 in 10 postseason games. He was 11-12, 4.45 in 2016.

Marte, 33, played for Atlanta in 2005, Cleveland 2006-2010, and Arizona in 2014. In 308 games, 854 at bats, he hit .218-21-99. His 162 g. average was .218-11-52, OPS+ 69. He played 3B and 1B.

Also, pitcher Jackie Brown died at the age of 73 on January 8. Brown was with the Washington Senators 1970-1971, the Texas Ranger 1973-1975, Cleveland 1975-1976 and Montreal 1977. He went 47-53, 4.18 in his career, ERA+ 87. His best year was in 1974, when he went 13-12, 3.57 for a Billy Martin-led Rangers team that surprisingly finished second in the AL West. His 162 G. average was 10-11, 4.18, 22 starts, 24 more relief appearances.

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