Kansas City Royals starter Edinson Volquez’s father died on Tuesday, hours before his son threw the first pitch of the 2015 World Series, according to multiple reports.
The Associated Press, citing a person familiar with the situation, said Daniel Volquez, 63, died in the Dominican Republic after a long battle with a heart condition.
The elder Volquez’s passing was first reported by ESPN Deportes.
The passing of Volquez’s father happened a year and a day after the baseball w
orld was rocked by the death of St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. The news broke during Game 5 of the World Series.
Volquez, who joined the Royals on a two-year, $20 million contract in the offseason, is the first of three Dominican right-handers scheduled to start for Kansas City against the Mets, followed by Johnny Cueto and Yordano Ventura. It’s the first time three pitchers from the same foreign country start World Series games.
“It’s a great honor for all of us,’’ Volquez told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday. “That had never happened in a World Series or in the…