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Miami Marlins Star Killed in Boating Accident

Miami Marlins Star Killed in Boating Accident

<h5>Harry Howard Jr.

Sports Editor</h5>

On Sept. 25 the Miami Marlins announced that 24-year-old José Fernandez had passed away after an early morning collision in which his boat overturned. Leaving the baseball world at a loss for words, it’s hard to understand how a man that risked his life at sea to make it to America lost his life at sea in America.

“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time,” the team said.

The ace of the Marlins staff was a two-time all-star, and won the National League Rookie of the year award in 2013. This season, Fernandez was in consideration for the National League Cy Young Award, going 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and posting an MLB-best 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

In his final game on Sept. 20, he pitched eight shutout innings, striking out 12 batters, and allowed just three hits against the Washington Nationals. His scheduled start on Sept.25 was pushed back to the day after and tragically will not happen. Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves was cancelled as the Marlins and the rest of MLB mourn the loss of Fernandez.  In his short time as a Marlin, he dominated and became one of the greatest Marlin pitchers of all time.

“I’ve never met anyone who extracted more joy, more passion out of what he did than José Fernandez. When you watched him pitch, he loved it so much. He had so much emotion,” ESPN writer Buster Olney said.

Fernandez, who was born in Cuba, came to the U.S. to play the game that he loved. It took him until his fourth try to reach the U.S., finally getting here in 2007 alongside his mother, who almost did not survive the voyage after falling overboard. She was saved by her 15-year-old son.

“All of baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher José 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,” Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a recently released statement.

In 76 career games, Fernandez went 38-17 with a 2.43 ERA and 589 strikeouts in 471 1/3 innings. Fernandez was a Hall of Fame talent on and off the field that will never be forgotten.

“He’s sort of the American dream for the Cuban baseball player. This kid is a symbol for Cuban-American life and the things that can be accomplished in this country,” ESPN’s Dan Le Batard said.