Some sad news on on this Sunday night: Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were killed in a car accident Sunday afternoon in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The report is confirmed by Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Taveras was 22.
Per MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, the Cardinals are waiting for more details before confirming the news.
From Mozeliak: “Obviously, we have deep condolences to his family. We are still waiting for more details before issuing a full statement.”
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) October 27, 2014
Taveras made his major league debut on May 31. He entered the season rated as one of baseball’s top-three prospects and appeared to have a bright future with the Cardinals. The highlight of his career came in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Giants when he hit a pinch-hit solo home run off of Jean Machi.
We send our deepest condolences to the families of Taveras and his girlfriend, the Cardinals organization, and Cardinals fans.