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Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident

Sad news coming out of Miami this morning.  Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning

Fernandez was 24.

The Marlins announced that Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves has been canceled.

“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time,” the team said in a statement.

According to the Associated Press, a Coast Guard patrol boat spotted an overturned boat at 3:30 a.m. on a jetty near Government Cut. The bodies were discovered a short time later. Fernandez was on a 32-foot vessel.

According to ESPN, Fernandez’s next start had been pushed back from Sunday to Monday to make room for Adam Conley’s return from the disabled list.

Fernandez emigrated to the United States from Cuba in 2008 after three failed defection attempts. He settled in Tampa, Fla., and became a US citizen last year. He was drafted by the Marlins with the 14th overall pick in 2011.

He was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA this season. Fernandez, who was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2013, had a career 38-17 record with a 2.58 ERA in 76 career starts for the Marlins.

Along with his family and friends, Fernandez leaves behind an unborn child.

 

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