Mike Matheny: 'We loved Oscar, and he loved us'

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says he coudn't find the right words Sunday night to express his feelings about the death of Oscar Taveras.

On Monday, Matheny issued an emotional statement through the team.

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"In my opinion, the word 'love' is the most misused, and misunderstood word in the English language," Matheny said. "It is not popular for men to use this word, and even less popular for athletes. But, there is not a more accurate word for how a group of men share a deep and genuine concern for each other. We loved Oscar, and he loved us. That is what a team does, that is what a family does. You will be missed, Oscar."

Taveras, the St. Louis Cardinals' outfielder regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22.

Taveras made his major league debut this year. He hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games for the NL Central champions.

Here is Matheny's full statement: