Oscar Taveras at spring training in Miami.  (Photo Credit: MLB)
Oscar Taveras at spring training in Miami.
(Photo Credit: MLB)

Mike Axisa of CBS Sports is reporting that St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, the team and his agent Brian Mejia have confirmed.

The author highlighted the responses of Cardinals and MLB officials:

“We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family,” said team chariman Bill DeWitt Jr. in a statement. “Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight.”

Twitter is mourning the loss of Oscar Tavares.
Twitter is mourning the loss of Oscar Taveras.

“We are very saddened to learn of the news that a car accident has claimed the life of Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend in the Dominican Republic,” MLB Players Association chief Tony Clark said in a statement. “Oscar had a very promising future, on and off the field, and this news is heartbreaking on many levels. It’s never easy to lose a member of our fraternity, and to lose one so young is devastating news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of both, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals organization and Oscar’s many fans in the United States and the Dominican Republic.”

“With heavy hearts, tonight we play Game Five of the 2014 World Series in the memory of these two young people,” added Selig. “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of both individuals, as well as to Oscar’s teammates and the entire Cardinals organization.”

Taveras was 22.

This story is developing.

Read more at CBS Sports.

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