Miami Marlins right-handed pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, and two others died early Sunday in a boating accident off the coast of Miami Beach. Photos from the Associated Press showed his boat upended on rockets jetting out into the water. His sudden death forced the Marlins to cancel its game against the Atlanta Braves to mourn the death of a star pitcher. Fernandez, a Cuban American, was one of the beset pitchers in baseball and one of the most notable faces on the team. His style of play of baseball was second to none. He brought a ton of joy to the ballpark each and every game and it truly showed.
“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez,” a team statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.” Fernandez wrote about his pregnant girlfriend in an eerie Instagram message just days before his death. It said: “I’m so glad you came into my life,” he wrote in that post. “I’m ready for where this journey is gonna take us together.” There’s no real words to describe the tragic loss of this young man. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement: “All of baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. 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.”