MIAMI — The world of baseball is at a standstill as one of its great young stars has lost his life. Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning near Miami Beach.
“It’s a tremendous loss. My heart goes out to his family,” said Michael Hill, Miami Marlins President of Baseball Operations.
The crash site is chilling. Investigators say the boat was roaring along at full speed when it hit a jetty and capsized, killing Fernandez and two friends.
Lorenzo Veloz, FWC Public Information Officer said, “It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it.”
Fernandez’s death comes just five days after announcing his girlfriend’s pregnancy on Instagram.
The 24-year old’s story is one of determination and faith. Some would say a baseball fairy tale.
Jose Fernandez defected from Cuba in 2008 and stepped foot on the mound in 2013. In his first year, he was named rookie of the year and all-star with a killer, 100mph fast ball.
“There was just joy with him when he played,” said Don Mattingly, Miami Marlins Manager.
Jose’s memory is being felt all over the league with teams dedicating a moment of silence to honor the ace pitcher. The Marlins also postponed Sunday’s game.
David Samson, Miami Marlins President said, “Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest. Jose left us far too soon but his memory will endure in all of us”