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Major League Outfielder Dies in Car Accident

The 22-year-old made his major league debut this year.

FILE - This Oct. 12, 2014 file photo shows St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras hitting a home run during the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants in St. Louis. Authorities say, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file) AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (TheBlaze/AP) — St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, authorities said.

St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras hits a home run during the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants in St. Louis. (Image source: AP/David J. Phillip, file)

National police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete confirmed Taveras' death on his Twitter account. Taveras' agent and the Cardinals' representative in the Caribbean country also said Sunday that the outfielder had died.

St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras, left, sits on the dugout bench while the San Francisco Giants celebrate on the field after winning Game 5 of baseball's NL Championship Series and advancing to the World Series, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (Image source: AP/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

The 22-year-old made his major league debut this year. The promising slugger hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games.

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