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Former MLB Player Andy Marte Dies at Age 33

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2017

CLEVELAND - JULY 17:  Andy Marte #25 of the Cleveland Indians runs the bases against the Detroit Tigers during the first game of a double-header at Progressive Field on July 17, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Tigers 4-3.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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Former MLB infielder Andy Marte died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to J.M.G. Baseball and Vince Lara-Cinisomo of Baseball AmericaHe was 33.

ESPN.com news services reported that traffic authorities say Marte's car hit a house along a road between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel.

Cleveland and Arizona, two of Marte's former teams, expressed their condolences on Twitter:

Cleveland Indians @Indians

Sad to learn of Andy Marte's death this morning. He was a genuine person who always greeted you with a warm smile. RIP. https://t.co/VoIWgLpqcr

Arizona Diamondbacks @Dbacks

We are deeply saddened to hear that former D-back Andy Marte has passed away. Our thoughts are with his loved ones. https://t.co/1rnQcUqq0A

The infielder, who largely played first and third base, was considered one of the brightest young prospects in the game, according to JJ Cooper of Baseball America. While in the Atlanta Braves' system from 2002 to 2005, Baseball America considered him a top-15 prospect three times. He peaked at No. 9, per Lara-Cinisomo.

While he never emerged as a star, he played in parts of seven MLB seasons, hitting .218 with 21 home runs and 99 RBI in 308 games. He played the majority of his career with Cleveland (2006-2010).

His former manager, Manny Acta, honored him on Twitter:

Manny Acta @MannyActa14

So sad, without a doubt Andy Marte was one of the nicest human being to ever put a baseball uniform on. RIP #Indians #Aguilas

Former MLB pitcher and Marte's teammate Dontrelle Willis also remembered him fondly:

Dontrelle Willis @DTrainMLB

I'm sad to hear my ex teammate Andy marte passed away this morning. He was a great teammate and a great person to be around. #RIPAndyMarte

Marte will be remembered for more than just his play on the diamond, as Anthony Castrovince of Sports on Earth noted:

Anthony Castrovince @castrovince

Awful. Legitimately one of the nicest players I covered. RIP, Andy Marte. https://t.co/RsYjIUDJ4p

He was playing for Las Aguilas Cibaena this winter, as the team was in the midst of a run through the Dominican League playoffs.

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