— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) March 25, 2015
Oscar Taveras died last October when he crashed his sports car into a tree while driving drunk in the Dominican Republic. His 18-year-old girlfriend Edilia Arvelo was also killed. If Taveras had survived, he would have been charged with vehicular homicide, but the Cardinals haven’t shied away from that and what they’re honoring here is the entire life of someone they loved. Taveras, ranked the game’s No. 3 prospect by Baseball America before the 2014 season, was supposed to take over as the Cards’ starting right fielder in 2015.
You don’t see a No. 18 on the patch because Taveras’ best friend on the Cardinals, Dominican right-hander Carlos Martinez, will wear the number in Oscar’s honor. Martinez urged Taveras to live with him over the winter at a private resort in the Dominican, away from the parties and crazy drivers and bad roads.