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MLB, players honour Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras

10/28/2014 09:58 EDT | Updated 12/28/2014 05:59 EST
The show must go on, Major League Baseball would say, but not before honouring one of its own.

Game 6 of the World Series was contested Tuesday night at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, where a moment of silence was held prior to first pitch for fallen St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras.

A picture of Taveras was also shown on the stadium scoreboard (pictured at right).

On Sunday, Taveras and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic when Taveras lost control of his 2014 Chevrolet Camaro on a highway in Puerto Plata, north of the capital of Santo Domingo.

Earlier Tuesday, several St. Louis teammates were among thousands of people who crowded into a cemetery in Sosua, Dominican Republic for Taveras’s funeral.

Considered one of the top prospects in the game, Taveras debuted in the major leagues this season, hitting .239 with three home runs and 22 runs batted in for the Cardinals.

Busch Stadium in St. Louis was partially illuminated on Tuesday in the direction of right field, where Cardinals management and manager Mike Matheny believed Taveras would be stationed for several years.

“He was my brother, he was my friend, we were always together anytime we went out,” said St. Louis pitcher Carlos Martinez, who attended Tuesday’s memorial service with teammate Matt Carpenter, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and Matheny.

Taveras's father, Francisco Taveras, teared up as he spoke at the cemetery.

"I'm extremely devastated about what has happened," he said. "I urge young people to wear their seatbelts and to learn from what happened to my son."

A makeshift memorial continues to build outside Busch Stadium.

Royals pitcher and Game 6 starter Yordano Ventura, who hails from Samana, Dominican Republic, paid tribute to Taveras, with the young slugger’s name and No. 18 on his ball cap.

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