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Royals Manager Says Pitcher Was Not Told of Father’s Death Before Game at Family’s Request

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Edinson Volquez of the Royals pitches during Tuesday’s World Series game against the New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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During Tuesday night’s World Series game, rumors circulated online that Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez’s father, Daniel, had died of heart problems in the Dominican Republic, and reports as to whether Volquez had learned what happened before the game began were contradictory. After the game, a 14-inning Royals victory, manager Ned Yost confirmed that Volquez’s father had passed away and said the pitcher had in fact not been initially told about the news at the request of his family. From the New York Times:


According to the Royals, Roandy Volquez, the pitcher’s wife, told General Manager Dayton Moore what had happened and asked him not to tell her husband until after he had finished pitching the biggest game of his career, his first World Series start. The team then asked the broadcasters on Fox not to announce the news, because Volquez routinely goes into the clubhouse between innings, and the broadcasts of the game are usually on.

When Volquez was removed from the game after pitching six innings, his wife was “waiting for her husband in the clubhouse with Moore, who showed them into Yost’s office so they could have time alone.”

The father of another Royals pitcher who played in last night’s game, Chris Young, died in September, while third baseman Mike Moustakas’ mother died in August.

Daniel Volquez, a mechanic, was 63.