In a tragic boating accident early this morning, Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez has died. The United States Coast Guard reported that Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boating crash in which Fernandez’s 30-foot boat was found overturned off Miami Beach.
Due to this tragedy, the Miami Marlins have announced that their game today at Marlins Park against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.
The Marlins have released the following accident: “The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time. Today’s game against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.”
The Miami Dolphins have announced that they intend to hold a moment of silence before the game today against the Cleveland Browns.
The sudden loss of the 24-year old Fernandez has touched the hearts of the entire baseball community.
Many players and organizations have taken to twitter to give their condolences to the family of Fernandez and the Marlins organization.
The Phillies released the following statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jose Fernandez and the entire Marlins organization.”
Players like Albert Pujols, Jon Lester, Matt Carpenter, and Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp have said on Twitter that they are extremely saddened by the loss and send their prayers to the family.
The 24-year old Marlins ace had an extremely bright future ahead of him. Fernandez broke onto the scene in 2013 and during his rookie season won the NL Rookie of the Year, appeared in his first All-Star game, and finished third in the NL Cy Young Award at the age of 20. Fernandez missed much of the next two seasons due to Tommy John surgery, but he returned to ace status this season. Fernandez made his second All-Star appearance this season, and was one of the big reasons the Marlins overachieved to this point.
Fernandez finishes with a career record of 38-17 with a 2.58 ERA and 589 career strikeouts.
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