It has been two years since former Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. The money remaining on his multi-year contract has not yet been paid.
Yordano Ventura was a promising young player in the Kansas City Royals organization. His tragic death in his home country of the Dominican Republic on a dangerous road is still painful for Royals fans to think about. His Jeep went through a guardrail, and the toxicology reports were never released to the public.
The right handed pitcher still had three years left on the five year contract he had signed in 2015. The sum of money remaining was $20.25 million dollars. That is a lot of money.
According to a report, his estate is broke. His five year old daughter was listed as his sole heir, and her mother hired attorneys to chase down the money they are owed. The negotiations are being kept under wraps with the MLB Players Association and the MLB.
Ventura is the first ever player in Major League Baseball to have a guaranteed contract with multiple years and died before his contract was up.
He faced much turmoil in his personal life as far as romantic relationships are concerned. He married Maria del Pilar Sangiovanni, but it was annulled after his death in August of 2018. She has no claim to his estate. Their relationship was marked by controversy, and Sangiovanni was still married to another man when she and Ventura married. When he had his accident, he was on his way to see her.
He took out loans, and he used his fortunes to buy homes, ATVs, motorcycles, and pay off the debts of others for the people he loved. He also had agreed to pay $4,000 each month in child support.
Remembering Ventura on the Field
Yordano Ventura made a few appearances with the Kansas City Royals in 2013, but he truly entered the big leagues in 2014, leading to his multi-year contract in 2015. He pitched a total of 547.2 innings in the MLB, tallying an overall record of 38-31 and an ERA of 3.89.
He tallied a 7.72 K/9 rate in his short career and a 3.47 BB/9 rate. The starting pitcher was an asset to the organization, not only on the field but off the field, too. His personality was truly wonderful, and his ability and character is missed by the entire Kansas City Royals family.