Oscar Taveras

Carlos Martinez will wear No. 18 to honor Oscar Taveras

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This had been rumored for a while, but now it’s apparently official

Martinez was longtime friends with the deceased Cardinals outfielder and pleaded with Taveras to come stay with him at a VIP resort the night before Oscar and his girlfriend died in a car crash. Martinez had been wearing No. 44, which manager Mike Matheny could now take. He gave his No. 22 to Jason Heyward.