Cardinals outfielder Taveras killed in car accident

4 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, October 26 2014 Oct 26, 2014 Sunday, October 26, 2014 6:43:00 PM CDT October 26, 2014 in Baseball
By: Ashley Colley, KOMU 8 Sports Producer

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.

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:

[Editor's Note: This article has been modified to include statements from officials within the St. Louis Cardinals organization and around the MLB.]

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