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.
Deeply saddened to hear about Oscar Taveras. He was a great player and a lot of fun to watch. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
— Tim Federowicz (@FedX19) October 27, 2014
Too sad. RIP Oscar pic.twitter.com/IRHuhO4sx1
— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) October 27, 2014
— Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) October 27, 2014
RIP Oscar taveras. Sad to hear. Thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends.
— paul maholm (@paul_maholm) October 27, 2014
— Clint Robinson (@BatHoarder) October 27, 2014
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) October 27, 2014