“We are devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernandez”. The release was signed by the Miami Marlins on Sunday and sent shockwaves through the MLB world. The 24-year-old Miami Marlins pitcher died early Sunday morning in a boating accident that claimed the lives of two other people. The boat was found upside down against a pier. Authorities believe that speed may have played a significant role in the accident.
A popular player with a special story
Reactions poured in from all sides to pay tribute to a player with a demonstrative and very popular character with his singular story. Fernandez, born in Cuba, tried three times to leave the island (he was even imprisoned after one of these attempts, editor’s note). He finally succeeded in his business at the age of fifteen, even saving his mother from drowning during the crossing to Florida on a makeshift boat. He started in MLB in 2013 becoming National League Rookie of the Year. He also had two All Star Game selections.
Sunday, the Marlins decided to cancel their game (almost without stake) against the Atlanta Braves. They will pay tribute to their pitcher this Monday against the New York Mets. A meeting that Fernandez should have started on the mound.