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Former Indian Andy Marte, 33, dies in car accident


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Former Major League infielder Andy Marte died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33 years old.


"Words can't express the emotions from the loss of our client Andy Marte. Gone too soon. A great person on and off the field," Marte's agency, J.M.G. baseball, said on Twitter.


In a separate incident, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car crash in the Dominican as well. He was 25.


Marte signed with the Braves in 2000 as an international free agent and was ranked No. 9 on MLB.com's 2005 Top 50 Prospects list.


After breaking into the Majors in 2005, he was traded to the Indians in '06 and spent five seasons with the club. His best year came in '09, when he hit .232 with six home runs and 25 RBIs in 47 games.


Marte played in just six games for the D-backs in 2014, before signing with the KT Wiz in South Korea. Over the last two seasons, he hit .312 and belted over 20 home runs both campaigns.

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