The Kansas City Royals are still mourning the tragic death of Yordano Ventura earlier this week. Part of the healing process will be paying tribute to the right-hander, and those plans are in motion.
Ventura, 25, was killed in a car accident early Sunday in his native Dominican Republic, and the Royals' players and front-office personnel traveled to the Dominican earlier this week for the funeral. On Thursday, the team announced that this year's jerseys will include this patch:
Ventura, who was nicknamed "ace" and wore the No. 30, signed with the Royals in 2008 and went 38-31 with a 3.89 ERA and 470 strikeouts in three-plus seasons with the team. He was a member of Kansas City's 2015 World Series championship squad.