Andy Marte, a former Major League Baseball infielder, died in a car crash early Sunday morning in the Dominican Republic. He was 33.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was also killed in a D.R. car crash Sunday morning. The accidents were separate.
Marte was behind the wheel when the car he drove hit a house along a road about 95 miles north of Santo Domingo.
Marte’s representative agency, JMG Baseball, confirmed his passing with a tweet.
Marte, who last appeared in an MLB uniform in 2014 for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was playing winter league baseball for Las Aguilas Cibaenas in the D.R. He also played for the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians during his professional career.
Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera mourned the passings of Marte and Venture.
"Two unfortunate losses, not only for Dominican Republic, but for the whole Latin America people," Cabrera told ESPNdeportes.com. "I feel a lot of sadness because they were friends of mine. I'm sending my condolences to their families. The whole baseball world is in mourning,"
Ventura was a starting pitcher in Marte’s final MLB game, per ESPN.
Marte's former MLB teams mourned his passing on Twitter.
We are deeply saddened to hear that former D-back Andy Marte has passed away. Our thoughts are with his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/1rnQcUqq0A— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) January 22, 2017
Sad to learn of Andy Marte's death this morning. He was a genuine person who always greeted you with a warm smile.— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) January 22, 2017
We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Brave Andy Marte. Our thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/Au1sgqMItS— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) January 22, 2017