Monbouquette excited to watch Weiland's debut

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Monbouquette excited to watch Weiland's debut

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON -- Bill Monbouquette, the native of Medford, Mass., who threw a no-hitter for the Red Sox against the White Sox in 1962, was at Fenway Park Sunday morning before the Red Sox first-half finale against the Orioles. Monbo and several other former Sox players were there as part of the teams Alumni Day celebration.

Monboquette, who turns 75 on Aug. 11, pitched for four teams the Sox, Yankees, Tigers, and Giants in his 11- season career, compiling a record of 114-112, with a 3.68 ERA. He was happy to report the stem cell transplant which he underwent almost three years ago has worked to combat the acute myelogenous leukemia he had been battling.

On Sunday, he was looking forward to watching right-hander Kyle Weiland make his major league debut for the Sox.

Im sure hes very, very excited, very nervous, Monbouquette said. But after the first pitch itll be like hes pitching any other time. Thats the way I was.

Monbouquette reflected on his own big league debut July 18, 1958, with the Sox facing the Tigers. He went five innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Monbo wasnt involved in the decision as the Sox won, 11-9, at Fenway Park. But he quickly established his hard-nosed, no-nonsense reputation.

Billy Martin stole home on me that night, Monbouquette said. And the next time up, I flipped him. I really flipped him good. In those days there were no helmets. All I saw was his hat came off and the ball went between his hat and his head. Then the next pitch he popped up and he came running right across the mound, which is a no-no. Well, my glove was loose and I had my fist cocked. And he said he to me, Well, you owed me that, rook. And then I end up being his pitching coach in New York, and I wouldnt wish that on anybody. He was a tough guy to coach for.

But in that first game, they got four or five runs off me. We made two or three errors. Lepcio made a big error.

Of course, infielder Ted Lepcio, who turns 82 on July 28, did not make an error in that game. He just happened to enter the conversation just in time to hear Monbouquette using his name in vain. One ballplayer giving another ballplayer some good-natured grief.

Nice to see some things never change.

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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.