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Dominican official says Oscar Taveras was drunk at time of fatal car crash

The St. Louis Cardinals organization was shaken when Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old outfielder expected to do great things, was killed in a car crash in late October. It was an equally tough blow for the Dominican baseball community, and countryman Yordano Ventura paid tribute to Taveras during the World Series, with an inscription on the Royals pitcher’s hat.

Now comes word that Taveras was drunk at the time of his crash, which also killed his 18-year-old girlfriend. From the AP:

Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office in the Dominican Republic, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26 on a highway in Puerto Plata.

Taveras played 80 games as a rookie for the Cardinals in 2014, batting .239 with an OPS of .590. He also hit three big-league home runs, including one in his first-ever start. Over five-plus minor-league seasons, Taveras batted .320 with an OPS of .892, and he elicited comparisons to another slugging Dominican, Vladimir Guererro, but as a left-handed batter.


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