Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández passed away early Sunday morning in a boating accident according to ESPN. According to Lorenzo Veloz, spokeman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the 24 yeard old pitcher was 1 of 3 killed in the accident. The Marlins game was cancelled on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves to pay respect.
The MLB universe was left in shock today, after losing such a bright, talented, and energetic player. Anytime I watched Fernández pitch, he always had a huge smile on his face, and was thankful for the game he played and loved. It seemed as though he was going to be one of the best in baseball for years to come. He was such a fun player to watch pitch everyday, and brought smiles to many. For his Marlins teammates, this will be tough to recover from, and they will mourn the life and the privilege of knowing Fernández.
In my experience in watching him pitch, he used to dominate the Mets, but he was so fun to watch. He played with such passion and energy, and was always into every game. Even if he wasn’t pitching, you used to see him cheering each of his teammates in the dugout. Seeing players pay tribute to him shows how loved he was around the league. With so much potential, it is so sad to see a young man pass away tragically. At the Met game today, I noticed the Mets had a jersey in their dugout with his name and number, showing how much everyone around the league respected him.
José Fernández only lived on this earth for 24 years, but he brought smiles to many. He perservered throughout his career coming from Cuba and overcoming Tommy John surgery, and will be greatly missed. This is a shocking story. It shows not to take life for granted, and to cherish every second of life. Once a Marlin, always a Marlin. Rest in Peace, José Fernández.