Cardinals to build baseball field in Sosua
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals plan to renovate and upgrade a baseball field in the late Oscar Taveras’ hometown of Sosua, so that, in the words of one official, young people there can have a place to dream of reaching the majors as Taveras did.
On Sunday, 18 January 2015, Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. announced the plan to have a field modeled after the Cardinals Care fields in the St. Louis area and name it after the outfielder, who died in October 2014. Taveras and his 18-year old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, were killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic less than two weeks after last season ended. Taveras was 22.
“They have an existing ball field, but we really want to renovate it, make it first-rate,” DeWitt said. “With Cardinals Care (we’re) going to make a sizable investment down there, which would be Oscar Taveras Field and give the young kids down there a chance to dream like Oscar did of someday playing in the big leagues and getting their start on that field. We thought that would be an appropriate way to remember Oscar in his native area.”
According to a toxicology report presented to the family and team, Taveras was legally drunk at the time of the accident. He was driving at a high speed, in a rainstorm, and his blood alcohol level was five times the local legal limit.
Taveras’ death was the second alcohol-related fatality for the team in a decade and the third high profile driving while intoxicated incident.
“After Josh, we changed some things, we did,” DeWitt said, referring to the removal of alcohol from the home clubhouse and stopping service of alcohol on charter flights home.
Source: DR1, stltoday.com
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