Cardinals honor Oscar Taveras on unis

Updated: January 19, 2015
Cardinals honor Oscar Taveras on unis

Cardinals will honor Oscar Taveras in separate gestures, the team announced Sunday that a black “OT” patch will be added to the sleeve of the jerseys in memory of Taveras, who died during the offseason in October at the age of 22 in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic.

The patches will not feature Taveras’ No. 18 he wore because pitcher Carlos Martinez has decided to wear the number to honor his late friend.

The Cardinals also announced the organization will renovate and rename a field in honor of Taveras in his hometown of Sosua, Dominican Republic.

“(It will) 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,” Cardinals principal owner Bill DeWitt said Sunday. “There was so much outreach and a tremendous following for Oscar down there. I think this will be a nice symbol of what he meant to that area, and I think it’s the appropriate place to do it.”

The Cardinals said an “OT” decal, similar to the ones hung in the bullpen to honor pitchers Darryl Kile and Josh Hancock, will be displayed somewhere near the Busch Stadium field.

Taveras was considered one of the top prospects in baseball last season. He made his major league debut with the Cardinals and batted .239 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in 80 games.