By Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer
The game of baseball lost one of its brightest young stars this weekend, as Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was found dead along with two others early Sunday morning. Authorities found the boat around three a.m Sunday morning, but no survivors were found. This tragic event lead the Marlins to cancel their game against the Braves on Sunday. There has been wide spread support from around the league for the Marlins and for Fernandez, as many viewed him as not only one of the best pitchers in the league, but one of the best people on and off the field.
Lorenzo Veloz of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comission told reporters that the Coast Guard found the boat flipped over on a rocky jetty off of Miami Beach around three a.m on Sunday morning. No alcohol or drugs were found in the boat or on any of the bodies, it is believed that the men did not see the jetty and hit it at high speeds. The reports also stated that Fernandez died from trauma due to the impact and not from drowning.
Jose Fernandez was originally from Cuba and immigrated to Florida in 2008 after three different failed attempts at defecting. After leading his high school in Tampa to two straight state championships, he was drafted in the first round by the Marlins in 2011. He won Rookie of the Year in 2013 after a dominant first season for the Marlins, but was sidelined by elbow surgery in 2014. Fernandez was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA this year and made his second All-Star appearance. Fernandez also announced last week that his girlfriend was pregnant and they were expecting a baby girl.
This awful tragedy has led to teams from around the league showing their support for the young man, with multiple other Cuban players such as Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig hanging Fernandez jerseys in their dugouts during their games on Sunday. David Ortiz cancelled a ceremony celebrating his retirement before the Red Sox game on Sunday in honor of Fernandez, and was also seen crying during the moment of silence before their game against the Rays. Many people from the MLB’s front office had similar opinions when asked about him, all touching on the huge impact Fernandez had on the game and the fact that he always had a positive attitude
The Marlins will continue their series with the Braves on Monday, but will do so without one of the faces of their franchise. At 24 years old, Fernandez likely had a long and successful career ahead of him. This tragedy goes to show that nothing is guaranteed, and the baseball world has lost one of its best representatives as well as possibly one of the best pitchers of this new generation.