Jose Fernandez, an All-Star pitcher for the Miami Marlins, has been killed in a boating accident in Florida.
The Cuban-born 24-year-old was confirmed dead after Miami-Dade Fire Department were called out to a boat that had overturned onto Miami Beach rocks 3.30am Sunday. The boat hit the rocks at a high speed, say authorities.
The boat was not owned by Fernandez, nor was he driving.
The two-time All Star’s shocking death came just five days after he posted a photograph on Instagram suggesting that his girlfriend was pregnant. He was about to become a father.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly was in tears and visibly shaken during a Sunday afternoon news conference.
“I see such a little boy,” Mattingly said. “The way he played, there was just joy with him when he played. The sort of thing you see when you watch little kids play little league.”
Fernandez amassed several eye-popping seasons in his short career on the professional baseball diamond, winning the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2013.
He had a career earned-run average of just 2.58 over four seasons. He led baseball this season in strikeouts per nine innings with 12.49 among starting pitchers.
Fernandez had a 100 mph fastball. and made his second He went 38-17 in over the course of his four seasons with the Marlins.
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