A terrible tragedy for the Fernandez family, the Miami Marlins organization and Baseball in general as reports are coming in of the death of All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.
Multiple sources have been confirming the terrible news, with Marlins officials only now finding out about this awful loss.
Can confirm. Worst day ever. https://t.co/sWAmRjkIF3
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) September 25, 2016
Fernandez and two other people were found dead by the police, responding to a 3am ET call about the accident. They were on a 30-foot boat that overturned after crashing into the rocks off Miami Beach.
Fernandez, 24, made his first All-Star game this season, starting a career high 29 games and pitching 182.1 innings. He had a terrific 2.86 ERA through the 2016, confirming he is well on his way to become one of the best pitchers in baseball, not to mention in line for a massive extension soon.
Fernandez was born in Cuba and played his high school baseball in Tampa. He’s been with the Marlins organization since 2011, making his MLB debut in 2013. His story of leaving Cuba to pursue a major league baseball career has been told many times, and included dodging bullets shot at him and his family by the Cuban coast guard as they made their way to Mexico, and saving his mother from drowning after she fell into the water.
The Marlins, who were supposed to play against the Atlanta Braves today, have announced the game is cancelled.
Today’s game against the Braves had been canceled.
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) September 25, 2016