Cardinals Outfielder Oscar Taveras Killed in Auto Accident
It’s never good to lose talent in any manner. It’s only worse when it’s truly for good. The St. Louis Cardinals will be saying farewell to outfielder Oscar Taveras this week, as the touted young talent lost his life in an auto accident over the weekend.
Driving in the Dominican Republic
Taveras was reportedly driving on a highway with his girlfriend in Puerto Plata at the time of the accident. Taveras’ car is said to have veered off the road and wet roads could have played in the crash, although no other specific details are know. Taveras had no documents with him in the car to help identify him, but was later correctly identified by family members.
“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 in a statement. “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,” Cardinals general manager Mozeliak said. “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.”
Loss of a promising talent
Just as a person Taveras is a huge loss. He was a bright young man and at just 22 years old, had a ton of life to live. He also had a bright future in Major League Baseball and will naturally be a big loss for the Cardinals. In fact, Mozeliak had recently suggested Taveras could compete for the team’s starting right field job next spring.
There had been minor questions about Taveras’ work ethic and conditioning at the time of the report, but no one had any doubts that Taveras had the talent to win the job. Unfortunately, we’ll never know for sure just how good he could have been.
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