By Javier Rodriguez |Staff Writer|
St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend Edilia Arvelo, died in a fatal car crash on Oct. 26 in the Dominican Republic.
Taveras was 22-years-old, happy and living the dream with Arvelo.
There are rumors of the couple having a newborn baby, according to an online article by Player Wives.
Although the rumors have not been confirmed from any of the family members or media conglomerates, the car crash that took their lives is completely devastating.
Taveras’ teammate Kolten Wong went on Twitter moments after his teammates death, “Wow! My heart truly hurts to hear the passing of Oscar! I’ve played with him every year and we truly lost a great person! #RIPOscarTaveras,” according to TMZsports.com.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department, officials in the Dominican Republic mentioned that Taveras was not under the influence of any substance.
However, he was driving very fast, which might have caused him to lose control and strike a tree.
Some believe that the car accident occurred because the roads were slippery, although details of the car crash are not fully known.
Photographs from the scene showed his 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, in Cardinal’s red, with its front-end crushed and body twisted and bent.
Taveras was considered a top prospect in the Cardinals organization.
“Before this season, he was ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America,” said Fox Sports.
The averages of his games and the scores that he would receive from his stats were nothing but incredible.
In 80 games this year, he hit at an average of 239, with three home runs and 22 Runs Batted In (RBI).
Plans had been made for him to travel to the team’s training facility in Florida this November. He was going to start playing in the Dominican Winter League.
In 2008, Taveras was barely a teenager when he first signed as an international free agent with St. Louis.
In his major league debut, he hit a home run against Yusmeiro Petit of the San Francisco Giants.
He also had a big solo home run the seventh inning of game two during the National League Championship Series against the Giants.
Manager for the Cardinals, Mike Matheny, stated in New York Daily, “this is a huge loss for us and the Dominican Republic.”
He added, “He was our weapon off the bench and we had plans for him next year. Even though he was only 22, he wasn’t afraid of anything.”
Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak were among thousands of people who attended the burial at a cemetery in Sosúa near the Dominican Republic’s north coast.
According to ESPN Sports, Matheny stated, “he had a great heart and this is a tragedy for us.”
Taveras is one, among others in recent memory, who also died in a fatal car accidents. Nick Adenhart of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim died in fatal crash in 2009; fellow Cardinal’s player Josh Hancock died in a car crash in 2007, and Padres’ Outfielder player Mike Darr died in fatal car accident in 2002.
Family, friends and fans will always remember Taveras for his talent, hard working attitude and his promising future in baseball.