Louis Cardinals outfielder Taveras killed in car crash
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[October 27, 2014]
(Reuters) - St. Louis Cardinals
outfielder Oscar Taveras, considered one of baseball's brightest
prospects, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on
Sunday, the team said in a statement.
The 22-year-old made his debut this year and played 80 games for
the Cardinals in 2014, carrying a .239 batting average and hitting
three home runs.
"We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of
the youngest members of the Cardinals family," team 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," he said.
Taveras' girlfriend, 18-year-old Edilia Arvelo, was also killed in
the crash, which occurred near the player's home in Sosua in the
northern part of the Dominican Republic, U.S. media reported, citing
police in nearby Puerto Plata and local newspapers.
Taveras was reportedly heading from Jameo to Sosua. More information
on the crash was not immediately available.
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Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said: "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 team said it would provide more information on funeral
arrangements at a later time.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle and Peter Cooney in
Washington; Editing by Paul Simao)
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