Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died Sunday morning in a boating accident, the club has confirmed. Fernandez is one of three believed to be dead following the tragic accident that occurred early Sunday morning.
In light of the tragedy, today’s Marlins game against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled. The club issued the following statement in an email to Miami media personnel:
The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.
Fernandez, 24, was a Cuban defect who won the National League Rookie of the Year Award following his 2013 debut season. He was poised to be one of the league’s brightest stars for the foreseeable future with a charismatic personality that made him instantly likable to every baseball fan.
During his successful defection in 2007, Fernandez lept into the Gulf of Mexico to save his mother after rough waves knocked her overboard. In 2013, Fernandez was reunited with his grandmother, whom he lost contact since leaving Cuba.
Fernandez’s next start was scheduled on Monday; it likely would have been his last of the 2016 season. Our heart goes out to Jose’s family, friends, teammates, and anyone whose life had been impacted by this wonderful young man.