24-year-old pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a tragic boating accident late Saturday night. He was the ace of the Miami Marlins, and was one of the best young players in the Majors.
Jose was with two male friends when their boat crashed into an unlit jetty off the coast of South Beach, Florida. Authorities say speed was a factor, but at this point there’s no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved. No one knows exactly when it happened. The coast guard found the boat overturned on the rocks surrounding the jetty during a routine patrol at 3:20 AM, but the crash is still under investigation.
The three men were the only people aboard. The names of the other two haven’t been released yet. It’s unclear what they were doing or where they were going, but Jose did a lot of boating and saltwater fishing.
The Marlins postponed yesterday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, but they’re expected to play today.
Jose defected from Cuba when he was 15, and he was named the National League’s Rookie of the Year five years later. Sadly, he leaves behind a pregnant girlfriend.
Marlins Manager Don Mattingly tearfully remembers the life and legacy of José Fernández. pic.twitter.com/BeuYgxHPHV
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