Minnesota Twins Pitcher Yorman Landa Killed In Auto Accident ONE WEEK After Signing With The Team

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So tragic, in so many ways — and a young man gone way too soon.

Yorman Landa, a 22-year-old pitcher in the Minnesota Twins‘ baseball organization, has died after an auto accident early Saturday morning in Venezuela, according to the team.

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Landa (pictured above, pitching during spring training last March) had just been re-signed by the Twins last week after becoming a free agent last month during a flurry of roster moves; he began his career as a teenager in the Twins’ organization way back in 2010.

There isn’t much known about the accident itself, though reports hold that it occurred outside of Caracas, and that Landa’s father was apparently driving the car during rainy, windy weather when it struck a tree in the road.

Twins executive VP Derek Falvey released a statement about Landa’s death this morning, and it said in part:

“The Minnesota Twins are deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss of Yorman Landa early this morning in Venezuela. On behalf of the entire baseball community, we send our sincerest condolences to the Landa family as well as Yorman’s many friends, coaches and teammates.”

Landa was one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the Twins’ organization, and had been converted to a relief pitcher two summers ago.

Over the last three years, he struck out 109 batters in 102 innings pitched — a very promising total for a hard-throwing pitcher.

Those he had touched in his career have been paying tribute to him all morning long:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Landa’s family, friends, loved ones, and teammates across the entire Twins’ organization.

So, so sad.


[Image via Getty Images.]

Dec 10, 2016 12:19pm PDT

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