Ortiz in 4th for Home Run Derby Fan Poll

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Ortiz in 4th for Home Run Derby Fan Poll

Ortiz won the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby in Anahiem, will he be picked by fans to participate this year? Right now he is in 4th place and will need more votes to be selected by the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll.
Defending champion Robinson Cano and Matt Kemp - the AL and NL captains for the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby still have a few more weeks to determine who they will select as their teammates. For now, fans are still weighing in through the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll.
Now in its fourth year as a feature of the MLB All-Star Game Balloting Program, the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll gives fans the opportunity to select three players in each League who they would most like to see participate.
Cano and Kemp will choose their teammates closer to the event. But as of today the fan poll leaders are as follows:
American League:1. Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers2. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers3. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays4. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox5. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
National League:1. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers2. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers3. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals4. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins5. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESN Deportes, and ESPN Radio in the U.S. beginning at 7:00PM CT (8:00 PM ET) on Monday, July 9th.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.