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.

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.”