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Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez killed in Boating Accident

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Jose Fernandez killed in Boating Accident.

As the news broke this morning across social media that Jose Fernandez had been killed, I just knew it couldn’t true. Unfortunately the news was confirmed by the Miami Marlins that Jose Fernandez had died at the age of 24.

Jose Fernandez

Fernandez was one of the best pitchers in baseball.  Over his 4 year career with the Miami Marlins Fernandez posted a 38-17 record, 2.58 ERA and claimed the Rookie of the Year award

Fernandez may have been known for baseball, but he meant so much more to the game than just his athletic talents. Jose defected from Cuba in 2008 when he was 15 years old and even rescued his mom from drowning while making the escape. He struggled with the transition to the United States, but was so grateful for his opportunity to be in this country. During the game the Marlins played at Fort Brag earlier in the season he took the time to embrace the soldiers and embrace the moment.

Fernandez meant so much to the Cuban community in Miami for being someone who had made it.  He continued to reach out to the youth of Miami and was Known for his passion on the mound and his charisma with his teammates and the fans. He had captured the hearts of all of Miami.  A young man who was so exciting to watch, that Marlins fans had declared the days he pitched as “Jose Day”.

No one would ever question his love for the game or his passion for his team.  The world not only lost a great baseball player on Sunday, they also lost an amazing young man.

Eduardo Perez who was the Marlins former hitting coach was asked how he would describe Jose.  He summed it up with two words:

 “Pure Life”