Reports from the Dominican Republic show that St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder, Oscar Taveras, had a blood alcohol level over five times the legal limit in his native country.
Taveras, 22, and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, were involved in a car crash last month which killed both of them.
The reports come almost three weeks after Taveras ran the car off the road in his native Dominican Republic.
The news of his death saddened the Major League Baseball community, especially his team, the St. Louis Cardinals. He was drafted by the Cardinals as a teenager in 2008; at the beginning of the 2014 season, he was ranked the third-best prospects by Major League Baseball.
Taveras hit .239 with three HR and 22 RBI in 80 games this past season. He also contributed to the Cardinals in the postseason. He hit a pinch-hit homer in the National League Championship Series that tied game two against the San Francisco Giants.
A few days after his death, the Cardinals had a touching gesture; they left only the right field lights on the whole night to pay tribute to their rookie right fielder.
Cardinals’ general manager John Mozeliak hopes the tragic incident serves as a lesson in responsibility to Taveras' teammates.
"While we are still working to obtain the facts, it won't change the fact that this is a terrible tragedy,” Mozeliak said. "We have an obligation to use this as an opportunity to educate our players that they must take responsibility for themselves both on and off the field.”