Jose Fernandez (1992 - 2016)
1 year ago
Jose Fernandez, an All-Star pitcher for the Miami Marlins, has died in a boating accident at the age of 24, according to multiple news sources.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Fernandez was one of three people killed Sept. 25, 2016, in a boat crash off Miami Beach.
The Marlins announced that Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves has been canceled.
"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time," the team said in a statement.
The Miami Dolphins will be holding a moment of silence before their NFL game today against the Cleveland Browns.
Fernandez had just announced last week that his girlfriend is pregnant.
"All of Baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández," Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "He was one of our game's great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life."
Fernandez emigrated from Cuba in 2008. He became a U.S. citizen last year.
Fernandez had a record this year of 16-8 with an ERA of 2.58 and made his second appearance in an All-Star game. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2013.
Many MLB players took to social media after hearing of the death of Fernandez.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz: "I dont have the words to describe the pain feel for the loss of my friend Jose. Goodbye, my friend."
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester: "I tend to stay off of Twitter on start days but I cannot believe the news about Jose Fernandez. The game and the world just lost a great one."
Cubs All-Star Anthony Rizzo: "Shocked & saddened by the loss of @JDFernandez16. An incredible player but even better human being. My condolences to his family & teammates."
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