Prior to the fourth inning of Game 5 of the World Series between the Royals and Giants, Ken Rosenthal announced that St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was killed in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic. He was only 22.
Taveras was the top prospect in the Cardinals organization and was touted by many as the next Albert Pujols. Although he hit a home run in his big league debut on May 31st against the Giants, he would only hit two more over his next 232 regular season at bats in a rookie campaign in which he hit .239 and struggled defensively. But Taveras had a memorable moment in Game 2 of the NLCS when he tied the game with a solo HR in the seventh inning off Giants reliever Jean Machi.
It should have a sign of things to come. Instead, two weeks after his greatest triumph on a baseball field, the life of Oscar Taveras was snuffed out in an instant.