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:
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
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.