On Sunday, the Cardinals took time out during the day two of the three-day Winter Warm-Up event to pay tribute and remember outfielder Oscar Taveras. The club also announced the plans in place to honor him this season.
The Cardinals will wear a black “OT” patch on the sleeve of the team’s 2015 jerseys. An “OT” decal, similar to the ones in the bullpen to honor Darryl Kile and Josh Hancock, will be displayed at the Busch Stadium field. The patch will omit Taveras’ No. 18 because pitcher Carlos Martinez has asked to wear that number as a way to honor his late friend. That number is featured on the remembrance pins Cardinals players, staff and employees have been wearing throughout the Winter Warm-Up weekend.
The club, in conjunction with Cardinals Care, has also made a financial commitment to renovate a baseball field in Taveras’ hometown of Sosua, Dominican Republic.
Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr.