The death of St. Louis Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras sent shockwaves through Major League Baseball. Prominent among those expressing sadness upon learning that the 22-year-old outfielder and his girlfriend had died in car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday were his Cardinals teammates. Taveras, rated the No. 3 overall prospect by MLB.com ahead of the 2014 season, made his Major League debut in May. He capped a promising rookie campaign in St. Louis with a game-tying home run in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants.
Several Cardinals players shared their grief on Twitter:
Absolute Tragedy.. My prayers go out to Oscar Taveras family.
— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) October 27, 2014
Tragic news about oscar and girlfriend. Prayers for both families. His influence on his teammates and the organization won't be forgotten.
— Trevor Rosenthal (@TrevRosenthal) October 27, 2014
Horrible news. Prayers go out to OT's family and friends.
— Jason Motte (@JMotte30) October 27, 2014
Way way way to soon!!! #OscarTaveras
— David Aardsma (@TheDA53) October 27, 2014
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
— Kolten Wong (@KoltenWong) October 27, 2014
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, also from the Dominican Republic, was among the players from other teams who mourned the passing of the young talent.
Que en paz descanses homie....R.I.P pic.twitter.com/tIdJZeONj1
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) October 27, 2014