SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - Authorities say St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.
National police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete confirmed Taveras' death on his Twitter account. Taveras' agent and the Cardinals' representative in the Caribbean country also said Sunday that the outfielder had died.
The 22-year-old Taveras made his major league debut this year. The promising slugger hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Oscar Taveras' family, friends and teammates through this tough time.
— TJ Oshie (@OSH74) October 27, 2014
Today is a one of the saddest days of my life, i lost a brother, friend and teammate! I cant believe he's gone, I loved him dearly! RIP OT18
— Carlos Martinez (@Tsunamy27) October 27, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO – Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement this evening regarding the passing of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who was 22:
“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 Five 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.”
Statement given to CNN:
(Metropolitan Transportation Authority or Autoridad MEtropolitana de Transporte confirms the death of Major League Baseball player Oscar Tavera and a young female companion. The body of the young baseball player who was not carrying papers at the time of the accident was identified by his mother Marisela Cabrera. The woman who accompanied Tavera is identified as 18 y r old Edilia Arvelo. They were both driving in a red Chevrolet Camaro when they slid at 7:40PM on Cabarete- Sosua. Reports indicate that during the accident there was heavy rain. More details are expected to come.
STATEMENT IN SPANISH:
Lo confirmo tambien la Autoridad MEtropolitana de Transporte:
“-AMET confirma muere en accidente de tránsito pelotero de Grandes Ligas, Oscar Taveras y una joven que lo acompañaba. Tramo Cabarete-Sosùa. El cadáver del joven pelotero, quien no portaba documentos al momento del accidente, fue identificado por su madre Marisela Cabrera. Mientras que la joven fallecida es Edilia Arvelo, de 18 años, quien acompañaba al pelotero. Ambos jóvenes viajaban en un carro Chevrolet Camaro, rojo, en el cual se deslizaron a las 7:40 de la noche en el tramo Cabarete-Sosúa. Los reportes indican que al momento del accidente caía un fuerte aguacero que dificultaba la vista y tornaba la carretera resbaladiza. Personal de la AMET asumió las investigaciones del caso, por lo que oportunamente se ofrecerán mayores detalles.”
Official statement from the Cardinals:
The St. Louis Cardinals offer condolences to the family of Oscar Taveras, the 22 year old Cardinals Outfielder, who was killed earlier today in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic.
“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. said.
“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.”
“I simply can’t believe it,” said John Mozeliak, Sr. VP & GM of the St. Louis Cardinals. “I first met Oscar when he was sixteen 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.”
The team will provide additional information on funeral arrangements at a later time.
I "will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life" Mozeliak on Taveras death
— Martin Kilcoyne (@martinkilcoyne2) October 27, 2014
Life doesn't seem fair sometimes. RIP oscar Tavares I pray for his family and teammates
— chris duncan (@chrisduncan11) October 27, 2014
"I simply can't believe it" Cards GM John Mozeliak on death of Oscar Taveras. "I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old"
— Martin Kilcoyne (@martinkilcoyne2) October 27, 2014
Tragic news about oscar and girlfriend. Prayers for both families. His influence on his teammates and the organization won't be forgotten.
— Trevor Rosenthal (@TrevRosenthal) October 27, 2014
Several Giants players have come over to my TV in dugout when heard news abt Taveras..Juan Perez in tears in dugout..
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) October 27, 2014
So sad to hear about Oscar. My prayers go out to his family. In complete shock.. So sad.. Life isn't fair
— Randal Grichuk (@RGrich15) October 27, 2014
Absolute Tragedy.. My prayers go out to Oscar Taveras family.
— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) October 27, 2014
Can now confirm: Oscar Taveras, 22, has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Just awful.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 27, 2014
Taveras was just 22. Had just hit key HR in NLCS to help #stlcards win game. So sad.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 27, 2014
The girlfriend of Oscar Taveras also died in the crash. #STLCards. Heartbreaking
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 27, 2014
Regarding reports of Oscar Taveras dying in a car crash, GM Mozeliak heard from Taveras' agent about 35 minutes ago with the news…
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) October 27, 2014