Cardinals outfielder Taveras killed in car accident
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals have confirmed outfielder Oscar Taveras has been killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.
According to KSDK in St. Louis, Brian Mejia, Taveras' agent, confirmed Taveras and his girlfriend died in the accident on Sunday afternoon. No other details are available at this time as the St. Louis Cardinals organization is still working to gather the facts.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said, "I simply can't believe it. I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest."
"All of us throughout Major League Baseball are in mourning this evening, shocked by the heartbreaking news of the accident involving Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend in the Dominican Republic," said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. "Oscar, a young member of the baseball family, was full of promise and at the dawn of a wonderful career in our game, evident in his game-tying home run against the Giants exactly two weeks ago.
The 22-year-old prospect made his major league debut this season for the club. His last tweet was posted on October 13 thanking the fans for their support following game 2 of the NLCS. His home-run tied the game against the San Francisco Giants and ultimately helped the Cardinals win, 5-4.
Thanks for all the fan support!— Oscar Taveras (@el_fenomeno_18) October 13, 2014
Major League Baseball Players Association, executive director Tony Clark said, "Oscar had a very promising future, on and off the field, and this news is heartbreaking on many levels. It's never easy to lose a member of our fraternity, and to lose one so young is devastating news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of both, as well as to the St. Louis Cardinals organization and Oscar's many fans in the United States and the Dominican Republic."
Some of his teammates and other members of the MLB shared their thoughts on the news on Twitter Sunday night:
Absolute Tragedy.. My prayers go out to Oscar Taveras family.— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) October 27, 2014
My condolences to Oscar Taveras family. This is a sad day. Heartbreaking news!! pic.twitter.com/8jYmBQmScT— Yadier Molina (@Yadimolina04) October 27, 2014
— Marco Gonzales (@MarcoGonzales_) October 27, 2014
So sad to hear about Oscar. My prayers go out to his family. In complete shock.. So sad.. Life isn't fair— Randal Grichuk (@RGrich15) October 27, 2014
Horrible news. Prayers go out to OT's family and friends.— Jason Motte (@JMotte30) October 27, 2014
Wow! My heart truly hurts to hear the passing of Oscar! I've played with him every year and we truly lost a great person! #RIPOscarTaveras— Kolten Wong (@KoltenWong) October 27, 2014
Tragic news about oscar and girlfriend. Prayers for both families. His influence on his teammates and the organization won't be forgotten.— Trevor Rosenthal (@TrevRosenthal) October 27, 2014
Today is a one of the saddest days of my life, i lost a brother, friend and teammate! I cant believe he's gone, I loved him dearly! RIP OT18— Carlos Martinez (@Tsunamy27) October 27, 2014
Wow that is so sad and just terrible. Rest in peace Oscar. You Will be Missed.— Joseph Kelly Jr. (@JosephKellyJr) October 27, 2014
Life is so Precious! Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Oscar Taveras..Kid was an absolute stud! #CardinalsNation— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) October 27, 2014
My condolences to the @Cardinals and the family of Oscar Tavares and his girlfriend.So terrible and heartbreaking.He had incredible talent.— Jonathan Lucroy (@JLucroy20) October 27, 2014
Shocked to hear about @Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras and girlfriend...Praying for their family and friends.— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) October 27, 2014
[Editor's Note: This article has been modified to include statements from officials within the St. Louis Cardinals organization and around the MLB.]