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St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Taveras killed in crash

(KFVS) - St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

A statement from Major League Baseball said Taveras and his girlfriend died in a car crash near his home in the Dominican Republic. 

"We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said 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."

"I simply can't believe it," said GM John Mozeliak. "I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest."

Taveras was a rookie outfielder for the Cardinals. He was one of the top prospects of the past several seasons in Major League Baseball. He played in 80 regular-season games for the Cardinals in 2014.

Just two weeks ago, he hit a game-tying home run in Game 2 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. 

Teams across the county shared their condolences.

The Chicago Cubs tweeted, "Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Oscar Taveras and the @Cardinals organization tonight. #RIP."

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