Cardinals’ Oscar Taveras dies at 22

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A moment of silence is held for Taveras and Arvelo before Game 6 on Oct. 28. They were killed in an auto accident last weekend.

Zachary Milliken, Staff Writer

On Oct. 26, 2014, St. Louis Cardinals prospect right fielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, were killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic at the ages of 22 and 18. Taveras had a promising future in the Cardinals organization.

“To say this is a horrible loss of a life ended too soon would be an understatement,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said in a statement released by the Cardinals.

The tragic loss has touched the hearts of baseball fans everywhere, and a moment of silence was held in his honor prior to the start of Game 6 of the World Series.

Kansas City Royals’ starter Yordano Ventura dedicated his start to the young lefty, with the words “RIP O.T. #18” written on the front of his hat.

“If he was still here, I would for sure be talking to him, and Oscar would be very happy for me and very proud,” Ventura said to Yahoo! Sports. “Oscar was a very humble guy and very likeable, and I’m going to miss him a lot.”

“We loved Oscar, and he loved us,” Matheny said. “That is what a team does, that is what a family does. You will be missed, Oscar.”