Mike Moustakas

Royals gather in private to remember, celebrate Ventura

Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy remembered Yordano Ventura as a man who did everything with passion and lived for baseball. First baseman Eric Hosmer said Ventura was the fun-loving little brother that everyone watched out for as he slowly grew into a young man.

Ventura's fiery passion, million-watt smile and strong work ethic were mentioned several times Friday as his teammates, coaches, Royals support staff and administrators met privately to tell stories, shed tears and laugh about the 25-year-old's impact on their lives before he died in a car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. They recalled his rise from joining the Royals organization in 2008 as a skinny...