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UPDATED 10/27/2014 6:48pm EST
Various media reports have indicated that Oscar Taveras and girlfriend Edilia Arvelo (who also went by Yamali Arvelo and Jamali Arvelo) have been killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, in front of the Coconut Palms Hotel Cabarete. Taveras' agent, Brian Mejia, has confirmed Taveras' death.
Taveras was reportedly driving from Sosua to his home in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, when he was involved in the wreck. A Dominican newspaper, Listian Diario, has identified Oscar Taveras' girlfriend as Edilia Arvelo, only 18 years old. There are unconfirmed reports circulating that Arvelo recently gave birth to the couple's first child, but there have been no qualified media reports supporting this claim.
Taveras was ranked as the number 3 prospect in baseball according to Baseball America, saw his first look at extended big league playing time this season with the St. Louis Cardinals. He split time in right field, and was expected to be given full time assignment in the upcoming 2015 season. Tantalizing talent, and limitless potential swirled around the five tool player that the Cardinals repeatedly rebuffed when brought up in trade discussions.
Oscar Taveras was 22 years old.
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Seth Maness' girlfriend Coleman Cox created a bit of a firestorm during Game 3 of the 2014 NLCS.
Maness, the Cardinals reliever came in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning before sending the game to extra frames. In the next inning, the Giants won in walk off fashion on a throwing error by the pitcher relieving Maness, in Randy Choate. Pulling Maness was a questionable decision as many cardinal fans, including Bravo's Andy Cohen, took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the decision.
It's no issue for a fan to go to social media to complain about their coach. Hell, I think it's what Twitter was invented for. But it does get weird when the player retweets a frustrated fan, challenging his manager.
Many Redbird fans were left scratching their heads at this move by Maness. Fortunately Seth Maness' girlfriend Coleman Cox was quick to end any controversy by coming clean:
@Andy that was me retweeting you on Seth's account... Me, being his girlfriend & to everything you tweeted I say "AMEN" #isntitironic #DRINK
Cox almost immediately deleted her account after the fact, likely from the heat of angry Cards fans, or Maness himself. Either way, the once formidable Cards fan Tweeter has decided that social media isn't the place for a player's girlfriend to publicly vent the feelings of the masses, no matter how right they may be.
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You've gotta' love a chick who describes herself simply as a thrill seeker. That's what Kolten Wong's girlfriend Alissa Noll purports to be. I felt a twinge of envy when I saw that she lives in Hawaii and frequently goes scuba-diving and snorkeling in tropical reef-land. Pretty snazzy lifestyle. I suppose scuba and snorkel provide a modicum of thrillage.
Kolten's girlfriend Alissa is also his fiance. The two are engaged, and I've seen Alissa's ring because it's hard to miss. How can Kolten afford to buy a rock that big? He's only played 126 games and gets paid 500 grand. Actually, $500,000 is plenty of money to be able to afford a sizable diamond. Alissa is young like him, and she only recently graduated from the University of Hawaii, where she was a track & field star. She was a pretty serious athlete throughout high school and college-- becoming the conference champion in the 800 meter run as a senior and lettering all four years. When she got to HU, she was named a scholar-athlete, which I guess means she excelled in both academics and athletics. Weirdly, she came from Ohio to go to HU, but she was born in Honolulu.
Considering all this, I'm starting to think this chick is pretty darn cool. I'm looking at pictures of her skydiving, jumping off of cliffs into tropical water, taking videos of weird old men dancing while sun-tanning. She's seeking adventure, and she's finding it too. It's only fitting that she's Kolten Wong's girlfriend, because Kolten has worked his ass off to become a legitimate fielder for the Saint Louis Cardinals. While in Hawaii, he would get up at dawn to go to the field and practice scooping up grounders from his Dad. Then he'd practice hitting, grab a quick lunch, and train to become a fast baserunner in the afternoon. And guess who would train him? Alissa Noll, thrillseeker, would train him.