Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident

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    • José Fernández, ace for the Miami Marlins, died in a boating accident in Florida early Sunday morning.

      Lorenzo Veloz, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said at a news conference Sunday that Fernandez, 24, was one of three men killed in the crash.

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      “Unfortunately, the brightest lights are often the ones that go out the fastest,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said in a statement. “José left us too soon, but the memory of him will live on in all of us.” At this difficult time, our prayers are with his mother, grandmother, family and friends.”

      Marlins president David Samson said at a news conference that Monday’s game against the New York Mets will be played as scheduled. He said Fernandez will be a member of the Marlins “all the time.”

      “The way he played this game, the way he was on the field, that’s one way these guys can honor him,” Samson said.

      manager don mattingly and some marlins players collapsed during a press conference sunday. mattingly said that fernández played with the “joy” of a “little child”.

      slugger giancarlo stanton didn’t speak, but later posted a tribute on instagram.

      After the press conference, buses took Marlins players and executives to the home of Fernandez’s mother so they could offer their support and condolences.

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      “That smile I’m never going to see again. That personality and that love of the game, the love of everything, really. He was so approachable, too,” Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said in marlins park after the game on sunday. it was cancelled. “The Marlins were done with batting practice [Saturday], but he was still out here talking to everyone and having a great time.”

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        The Tampa Bay Rays canceled a pregame ceremony scheduled to recognize Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz for his desire to retire after Sunday’s tragedy. Ortiz was seen crying during the moment of silence before Sunday’s game in Tampa, Florida.

        “I have no words to describe the pain I feel,” Ortiz said.

        The Miami Dolphins observed a moment of silence for Fernández before their game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

        fernández announced on instagram last week that his girlfriend is pregnant. the marlins announced during a news conference on sunday that the baby is a girl.

        “All of baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez,” Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “He was one of the great young stars of our game making a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization, and everyone he touched.” in your life.”

        MLBPA CEO Tony Clark also released a statement Sunday morning: “We are devastated by the news that José Fernández has tragically passed away. José was a remarkable young man and tremendously talented athlete, who at only 24 years established himself as one of the biggest and brightest stars in the game our thoughts and prayers are with jose’s family, friends, teammates, the miami marlins organization and the legions of fans across the united states and Latin America”.

        fernandez’s next start had been postponed from sunday to monday to make room for the return of adam conley from the disabled list.

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        fernandez immigrated to the united states from cuba in 2008, after three failed desertion attempts, settling in tampa, florida. he became a citizen of the united states last year. He was a 2011 first-round pick, taken 14th overall by the Marlins, out of Tampa’s Alonso High School.

        at citi field in new york, yoenis cespedes, also cuban, and the mets hung a team jersey with the name of fernandez and no. 16 in the back on the bench. dodgers outfielder yasiel puig, who is also cuban, hung up a dodgers jersey with fernandez’s name and no. 16 on the bench for Los Angeles.

        jorge soler, outfielder for the chicago cubs, played with fernandez when they were both growing up in cuba. They traveled to Venezuela together for a youth tournament, and Soler said Fernandez’s ability was obvious, from the start.

        “Ever since I was a kid, since we were kids, I knew I had something,” Soler said through a translator. “He had talent. It was very impressive.”

        fernandez went 16-8 with a 2.86 era this season, earning his second all-star appearance. Fernandez, who was named National League Rookie of the Year in 2013, went 38-17 with a 2.58 ERA in 76 career starts for the Marlins.

        Third baseman Martin Prado said Sunday that Fernandez told one of his Marlins teammates that his last start against the Washington Nationals “was the best ever, and now he’s gone.” In that start, Fernandez pitched eight innings and struck out 12 while allowing just three hits in the Marlins’ 1-0 victory.

        fernandez joins a long list of active baseball players killed in accidents. Cleveland Indians pitchers Tim Crews, 31, and Steve Olin, 27, were killed in a boating accident in Clermont, Florida on March 22, 1993. Indians pitcher Bobby Ojeda was also in the boat and lost four pints of blood, but survived.

        espn staff writer james walker and associated press contributed to this report.

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