In the early hours of Sunday, September 27, 2016, Major League Baseball lost one of its brightest stars and most promising talents. 24 year old Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident off the coast if Miami Beach.
This tragedy hit Major League Baseball really hard, and left the baseball world devastated, speechless, and almost numb.
Jose Fernandez was a pitcher for the Miami Marlins. He was Rookie of the Year in 2013, played in two All Star Games in three years, and was well on his way to becoming one of the greatest pitchers in baseball.
Jose was truly an incredible ballplayer, but what will be remembered most is just how kind he was, how excited he was to be playing, the joy and energy he brought to everyone he met and everyone who watched him do what he loved. Hearts all over the world are broken because of this incomprehensible loss.
Jose has a history with the Mets. In 2013, he made his Major League debut in out own Citi Field. As mentioned while being interviewed about Jose, Terry Collins said all it took was one pitch that day for everyone to realize that what Jose had was something very special.
Before their game on that tragic day, some of the Mets spoke to the media about this horrible tragedy:
It is easy to tell that this really devastated the Mets Clubhouse, as I’m sure it did every clubhouse.
Thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Jose Fernandez during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed.