Cardinals’ Taveras Dies in Car Accident

Evan Graves
Staff Writer

Oscar Taveras, 22-year-old St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, died in a car accident along with his 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, on Sunday, October 26th.

“It’s just a real sad situation,” says Matt Brumbaugh, Northrop’s head baseball coach. “Oscar was a tremendously talented baseball player who was taken too early in life.”

Taveras was one of the top prospects of the past several seasons for St. Louis. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak expressed his sympathy of Taveras’ death to his family, but said the team was awaiting more details before making a formal announcement.

“We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family,” said Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. in his press conference.

Taveras made his Major League debut earlier this season with the Cardinals. He batted .239 and hit three home runs in 80 games this season.

“His death is a reminder to live life to the fullest everyday as you never know when it can be taken away,” said Brumbaugh.

Taveras’  last at bat was a game tying, pinch hit home run in the seventh inning of game two of the NLCS. He will be missed by his family, friends, the Cardinals organization, and the baseball world.

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