BOSTON The Red Sox have already suspended Alfredo Aceves once this season for three games beginning Aug. 25 after the right-hander took off his shirt in the bullpen when he was not called to close a game the previous night and had a had a heated exchange with Bobby Valentine in the managers office after the game.After he was reinstated, Aceves interfered with a pop-up in foul territory on Sept. 1 in Oakland and got into an animated discussion with Dustin Pedroia.In the latest incident, in the seventh inning Wednesday, Valentine went to the mound to remove Aceves, who had given up a two-run home run to Curtis Granderson, extending the Yankees lead. Rather than hand the ball to the manager, as is customary, Aceves gave the ball to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. As he left the mound, Aceves walked off the back avoiding eye contact with Valentine.It was a clear sign of insubordination and disrespect.But Thursday afternoon, Valentine said the Red Sox have no plans to punish Aceves.You always want people around who know the difference between right and wrong, Valentines said. And sometimes when people dont know the difference between right and wrong you can talk all day long to them and it doesnt matter. In Alfredos case, I think that he understands what hes doing.That means that you know you do something wrong, you understand that theres also consequence.No, Im not fining anyone. How do you collect money when you fine players these days? Thats another part of the system I dont know about either.While the right-hander served a vital role for the Red Sox last season, this season its been more of a mix. He has posted a record of 2-9 with 25 saves a 4.66 ERA along with eight blown saves, most in the American League, tied with Milwaukees John Axford for the major league lead.For most of the season, Valentine had been one of Aceves biggest supporters.I think I knew what I was dealing with from spring training, Valentine said. And you just try to manage every situation that you have to try to manage to the best of the organizations potential. Hes a good pitcher.Could Aceves role be reduced?We have a lot of pitchers, Valentine said. When we need him hell still pitch.
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.
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
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.
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.