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Cardinals Players Share Sadness Over Death Of Oscar Taveras

MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 7: Oscar Taveras #18 of the St. Louis Cardinals and teammate Yadier Molina #4 walk off the field af
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 7: Oscar Taveras #18 of the St. Louis Cardinals and teammate Yadier Molina #4 walk off the field after scoring against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 7, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images)

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:

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.

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