Oscar Taveras Dies at the Age of 22
Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died in a car accident Sunday in the Dominican Republic. Oscar Taveras’ agent Brian Mejia confirmed the tragic news to the official site of the major league baseball MLB.com. He says,” It happened late this afternoon”. Commissioner Bud Selig also released a statement via the MLB Public regarding this news.
Taveras who appeared in 80 games during the regular season and was part of the Cardinals’ roster died Sunday in his native Dominican Republic. He was in his car and driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, said Col. Diego Pesqueira of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency. ”He wasn’t carrying documents at the time of the accident, but his body was identified by family members,” Pesqueira said.
Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter sent his condolences to his teammate saying, “Absolute Tragedy.. My prayers go out to Oscar Taveras family.”
The Cardinals also released a statement on Taveras’ passing via Jesse Spector of Sporting News.Cardinal’s manager Mike Mathen was stunned by the sudden death of Oscar and expressed his views as “I was asked last night to give some words regarding the tragic death of Oscar Taveras, but I just simply couldn’t. first of all, it felt like a bad dream that could not be real, and when reality kicked in, my words didn’t even seem to make sense. To say this is a horrible loss of a life ended too soon would be an understatement. To talk about the potential of his abilities seemed to be untimely. All I wanted to do was get the guys together and be with our baseball family. I know the hurt that comes along with buying into the brotherhood of a baseball team. That hurt is just as powerful as the joys that come with this life. Not to say it is even close to the depth of pain his true family is going through, but the pain itself is just as real. The ache is deep because the relationships were deep, and forged through time and trials.”
Taveras made his major league debut this year. He hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games for the NL Central champions.
You will be missed Oscar. RIP. Sporteology prays for your family.