At only 24 years old Jose Fernandez was one of the best pitchers in the Major Leagues – if not the best young arm in baseball today. Tragically he and two others died in a boating accident in Miami Beach early Sunday morning.

“They found a boat that was up against the jetties,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Todd Garofalo told WSVN. “They did do an initial search and they found three victims — two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had unfortunately passed away.”

After successfully defecting from Cuba in 2008, he was the Marlins first round draft pick in 2011. Making his Major League debut in 2013 he would end up winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2013 and placed third in the Cy Young Award balloting.

He was one of the most electrifying players in baseball along with Giancarlo Stanton, another one of the top 10 players in the league today.

Fernandez (left) hugs former teammate Juan Pierre during

Jose Fernandez embracing former teammate Juan Pierre in 2013

Fernandez (center) poses for a photograph with grandmother

Jose Fernandez with his mother and grandmother after a game in Miami

 

 

 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Jose Fernandez and the entire Marlins organization,” stated the Miami Dolphins on Twitter. The Miami Dolphins will also have a moment of silence before their gam today against the Browns to remember Jose Fernandez

“He was one of our game’s great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life.”

“Jose was a remarkable young man and a tremendously gifted athlete, who, at just 24, established himself as one of the game’s biggest and brightest stars,” said Tony Clark, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jose’s family, friends, teammates, Miami Marlins organization and legions of fans in the United States and Latin America.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jose Fernandez and to the families of the other two victims who unfortunately lost their life today in this tragic accident. He will always be remembered as one of the best young pitchers in baseball.

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