St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died Sunday (Oct. 26) in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.
The 22-year-old made his major league debut this 2014 season batting .239 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in 80 games. Many remember Taveras for hitting a game-tying home run in game 2 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants.
The promising MLB player was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro on a highway in Puerto Plata. Taveras’ girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, 18, was with Taveras and also died in the accident.
The reason for the crash is still under investigation.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a release:
“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.”
Social Media Pays Tribute to Oscar Taveras
St Louis Cardinals’ were saddened by the loss of their team member
We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family. pic.twitter.com/MDyAZxSQ4B
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) October 27, 2014
Fellow baseball players paid tribute to 22-year-old Oscar Traveras
Wow. Such horrible news hearing Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were killed in a car accident today. Sad day for baseball.
— Ben Verlander (@Verly32) 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
Still can’t believe this. We just have to look at all the positive things he did accomplish. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/SDowKy3Yh8
— Jordan Swagerty (@JordanSwagerty) 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
Tragic news about Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend dying in a car accident. Heart goes out to the families and friends of all involved.
— Jerry Blevins (@JerryBlevins_13) October 27, 2014
— Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) October 27, 2014
Let us all learned from what happened to #Oscartaveras and understand we are all vulnerable. Discipline, prudence, let’s love life and God.
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) October 27, 2014
Columnist Richard Roeper and ESPN’s Eric Karabell tweeted about the tragic loss of life.
To be 22, a major leaguer and in love. It doesn’t get any better than that. But nobody has a guarantee on tomorrow. RIP Oscar Taveras.
— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) October 27, 2014
Awful news on passing of Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras. Just a little bit tougher to enjoy a baseball game now.
— Eric Karabell (@karabellespn) October 27, 2014