The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boating accident off Miami Beach early Sunday morning. Fernandez was only 24 years old.
Fernandez was originally scheduled to start today against the Braves, before his start was pushed back to tomorrow to make room for fellow pitcher Adam Conley. The Marlins have cancelled today’s game.
One of the most exciting pitchers in baseball, the young superstar was entering the prime of his life. A Cuban native, Fernandez settled in Tampa Bay in 2008 and became a U.S. citizen last year. Last week, he announced through Instagram that his girlfriend was pregnant with the couple’s first child. Fernandez’s on-the-field trajectory was sky high as well, as the 24-year-old’s career ERA ranks fourth all time behind only Mariano Rivera, Clayton Kershaw, and Pedro Martinez when adjusted for era.
The LMBF community would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Jose Fernandez, his family and friends, and the Miami Marlins and Major League Baseball.