St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Oscar Taveras Killed In Car Crash At Age 22
Oscar Taveras is dead. The 22-year-old outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.
According to local officials, the rookie baseball player was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro when he apparently lost control of the car. His girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, 18, was also killed in the tragic accident. Taveras did not have identification on him, but was ultimately ID’ed by his family.
The athlete had just made his MLB debut this season, at the end of May, and was considered one of the team’s most promising prospects for the future. The Cardinals just missed making the World Series earlier this month, losing to the San Francisco Giants. In a cruel twist of fate, that means, had they won, Taveras would have still been in the United States today, instead of back in his native country.
“We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family,” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. says in a statement. “Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight.”
In his own statement, the Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak says, “I simply can’t believe it.” He goes on, “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.”
And MLB commissioner Bud Selig says, “All of us throughout Major League Baseball are in mourning this evening, shocked by the heartbreaking news of the accident involving Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend in the Dominican Republic. Oscar, a young member of the baseball family, was full of promise and at the dawn of a wonderful career in our game, evident in his game-tying home run against the Giants exactly two weeks ago. With heavy hearts, tonight we play Game 5 of the 2014 World Series in the memory of these two young people. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of both individuals, as well as to Oscar’s teammates and the entire Cardinals organization.”
Several celebrity fans took to Twitter to express their shock at the news, and share their condolences. Cardinals fanatic Andy Cohen tweeted, “Sad night for #CardinalNation… #RIP Oscar Tavares. He had such a bright future.” Fellow sports enthusiast Alyssa Milano wrote, “Oscar Taveras… Rest with the angels.”