Baseball World Mourns Cardinals Outfielder Oscar Taveras, Killed in Car Crash at Age 22

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Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras, one of the top hitting prospects in baseball for the past five years, was killed in a car accident Sunday afternoon in his native Dominican Republic. He was only 22.

The crash occurred on a stretch of highway along the northern coast of the Dominican near Oscar’s home town of Sousa. His girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, 18, was also killed.

Oscar Taveras was a prodigious talent widely expected to become a star. He struggled for a while when he finally made it to the bigs back in May. Many speculated that, because hitting had always come so easy for him, he had not yet developed a major league work ethic. But just last week the Cardinals expressed their confidence that, in time, his natural ability and passion for the game would prevail.

There certainly were flashes of brilliance. He homered in just his second major league at bat, electrifying Cardinals fans who had been eagerly anticipating his big league debut for years:

And in his first ever postseason, relegated to a bench role, Oscar Taveras went 3-for-7 as a pinch hitter, launching a game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh in Game 2 of the 2014 NLCS:

The loss of such a promising young player has hit the baseball world hard. Here is just a sampling of some of the reactions on Twitter:

Absolutely heartbreaking. Rest in peace, Oscar Taveras.

Hat Tip – [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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