A St. Louis Cardinals outfielder who launched his major-league career by launching a home run in his first game won’t be able to fulfill the promise he showed during his 2014 rookie season.
Oscar Taveras died in a single-car crash in the Dominican Republic this weekend. His girlfriend, 18-year-old Edilia Arvelo, also died in the accident.
Members of the Cardinals organization appeared in shock at the news.
“I simply can’t believe it,” Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said in a team release. “I first met Oscar when he was sixteen 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.”
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
My condolences to Oscar Taveras family. This is a sad day. Heartbreaking news!! pic.twitter.com/8jYmBQmScT
— Yadier Molina (@Yadimolina04) October 27, 2014
Taveras, just 22, hit .239 this season with three home runs but was widely regarded as one of a handful of MLB can’t-miss prospects.