Tragic news hit the Miami Marlins Sunday morning with the confirmation of José Fernández’s death. The 24-year-old Cuban-American pitcher passed away in a boating accident Saturday.
Sadly, I can confirm that Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident.
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) September 25, 2016
Fernández, who became an American citizen last year, defected from Cuba at 15, after three previous failed attempts that ended in his arrest, according to CBS Sports. When he finally succeeded, he had to jump into the water to save his mother, who had fallen out of the vessel. Years later, he was reunited with his grandmother.
One of the most emotional moments I've ever seen. Watch Jose Fernandez be reunited with his grandmother: https://t.co/0QtjHVJaOt
— Stan (@Crewsett) September 25, 2016
Fernández was the Marlin’s star and one of the brightest pitching talents in Major League Baseball. In his first season, he won the Rookie of the Year award and finished third in the National League Cy Young voting. Beyond the fact that he had an amazing arm, Fernández brought an infectious joy to the game. He was unapologetically emotional when he played, and on a few occasions that ruffled the feathers of opposing players.
The Marlins issued a statement and canceled Sunday’s scheduled game against the Atlanta Braves.
Statement from the Miami Marlins organization: pic.twitter.com/6A4Rv6m2g9
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 25, 2016
Tributes from around around the sports world have already begun pouring in:
Can't believe the news about Jose Fernandez. Unbelievable pitcher with unlimited potential. Make sure you cherish every moment you have. RIP
— Sam Dekker (@dekker) September 25, 2016
Sad news about Jose Fernandez… RIP, he was my age!!!!
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) September 25, 2016
Jose Fernandez is one of the most genuine guys I've ever played with. He loved life, he loved baseball…..he will be missed dearly.
— dan haren (@ithrow88) September 25, 2016
A third of the way through writing why Jose Fernandez is the best pitcher in the game in 2016, I got the news…God bless his grandmother…
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) September 25, 2016
jose fernandez was unfair on the mound. life is so unfair. ugh. pic.twitter.com/48giLmbhAg
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) September 25, 2016
Absolutely crushed hearing the news about Jose. Brought so much energy and passion towards life! You will be missed Papo RIP
— Eric Hosmer (@TheRealHos35) September 25, 2016
Sick to my stomach. Can't believe this. #RIPJoseFernandez
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) September 25, 2016
Rest in power, brother pic.twitter.com/VW24AKV4Ij
— Ryan Cortes (@Ryan_Cortes) September 25, 2016
Still in disbelief abt the Jose Fernandez news. RIP bro & my prayers go 2 the fam.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) September 25, 2016
Jose Fernandez's last out in the Majors… Heartbreaking pic.twitter.com/Al9kD3RfqT
— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) September 25, 2016
Hermano, wherever you are, you know how much I loved you. Sin palabras. My heart is with the families. pic.twitter.com/JGVSRYXlMf
— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) September 25, 2016