Oscar Taveras
With the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals playing pivotal Game 5 of the World Series, it was carried on with heavy hearts as it became known St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend tragically died in a car accident.

Widely considered a top prospect, Taveras was in his native Dominican Republican and passed away at just 22 years old. This season was Taveras’ sixth with the Cardinals and the outfielder’s second with their Triple-A affiliate.

Taveras made his MLB debut this season and in what wound up being his next to last at-bat, he hit a pinch-hit game-tying home run in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.

Taveras’ first experience at the big league level came May 31 when he started in right field and made a splash as his first career hit in the Majors was a home run.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig released a statement expressing his sadness in the outfielder’s sudden death and so too did the Cardinals. Several of Taveras’ teammates took to social media to share their condolences and so too did some Dodgers.

Tim Federowicz:

Hanley Ramirez:

Joc Pederson:

Yasiel Puig:

A sad day for the baseball family. Our prayers for the Taveras family.

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Paul Maholm:

Clint Robinson:

Justin Turner:

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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