The baseball world was stunned and saddened when Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend died in October following a car crash in the Dominican Republic. Taveras, who was just 22, was reportedly drunk at the time of the crash. His girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, was just 18.
Carlos Martinez has already received permission to wear No. 18 next season in remembrance of his friend and former teammate, but the Cardinals also reportedly have some plans in memory of Taveras:
These are nice gestures on the part of the Cardinals, but it doesn’t make the situation any less sad. It was a terrible tragedy which could have been avoided.