With sadness, we bring you the news that Miami Marlins ace José Fernandez had died in a boating accident. The news broke around 9 a.m. Sunday September 27. He was 24 years old.
The U.S. Coast Guard said they arrived on the scene off of Miami Beach around 3 a.m.. They said when they arrived they found a 32-foot boat upside down near rocks. They then found two bodies under the vessel and one in the water. All three was pronounced died at the scene as none was wearing life vests. The names of the other two victims were not released but they did released that Fernandez did from trauma and not drowning. As of now, the Coast Guard said there were no drugs and alcohol found around the scene and speed looks like the main factor in the accident.
The Marlins canceled their Sunday against the Atlanta Braves. They also painted 16 on the mound, which was Fernandez’s number along with his hat and some roses. MLB issued a league was moment of silence on Sunday. The Mets and the L.A. Dodgers hung jerseys with his name and number Monday’s game against the New York Mets will be played as schedule.
Fernandez was scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Braves but was pushed back until Monday to make room for a player coming off the disabled list.
Players and fans around the league have spoken out about what he meant to MLB, the Miami community and fans, as well as the Cuban fans.
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I'm still waiting to wake up from this nightmare. I lost my brother today and can't quite comprehend it. The shock is overwhelming. What he meant to me , our team, the city of Miami, Cuba & everyone else in the world that his enthusiasm/heart has touched can never be replaced. I can't fathom what his family is going through because We, as his extended Family are a wreck. I gave him the nickname Niño because he was just a young boy Amongst men , yet those men could barely compete with him . He had his own level, one that was changing the game. EXTRAORDINARY, as a person before the player. Yet still just a kid, who's joy lit up the stadium more than lights could. A kid whose time came too soon. One that I will miss & never forget. Rest In Peace Niño, Jose Fernandez 🙏🏽
“I’m at a loss for words. Utter disbelief, shock. Hoping to wake up from this nightmare. One of the best people I’ve ever met. Unbelievable competitor. It was a treat for me to be able to get to know him over the last few years.” -Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman
“Still in shock. Disbelief. Everybody in there (in visiting clubhouse at Marlins Park) is just kind of staring at each other, it seems like. Biggest thing, I’m a parent. A young man like that, it’s just hard to comprehend.The excitement that he brought to the ballpark, the game, the challenge. That’s the biggest thing, I think, because he was one of the best in the game. You look forward to playing against the best. The kid had a lot of energy, unbelievable talent, brought excitement to the game. I know he lit this place up. It’s just a sad, tragic thing.” Atlanta Braves Interim Manager Brian Snitker
“I see such a little boy…. (Pauses, choked up.) The way he played, there was joy with him when he played. Because as mad as he would make you with some of the stuff that he would do, you’d just see that little kid that you…that you see when you watch kids play Little League, or something like that. That’s the joy that Jose played with. The passion that he felt about playing, that’s what I’ll think of.”- Marlins Manager Don Mattingly
Fernandez immigrated to the United States in 2008 on his fourth attempt. He finished high school in Tampa, Fl. He was then drafted in 2011, 14th overall by the Miami Marlins. In 2013 he made his MLB debut for the Marlins and won Rookie of the Year. Just last year he became a U.S. citizen.