St. Louis Cardinals outfielding prospect Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend died Sunday in a car accident in Taveras' native Dominican Republic. He was 22 years old.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt RIP, Oscar Taveras.
Taveras' agent confirmed his death to reporters in the Dominican Republic, saying Taveras was driving from Sousa to Puerto Plata when he and his girlfriend died, according to Dominican baseball website LigaDom.com.
No other details were immediately available Sunday night. After offering condolences to Taveras' family, general manager John Mozeliak
said he was waiting for more details before issuing a public statement released this statement::
"I simply can't believe it," said Mozeliak. "I first met Oscar when he was 16 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 chairman of the Cardinals said he was "stunned and deeply saddened" at the loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family.
"Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight."