MLB.com’s video shows the special bond Fernandez had with his grandmother
MIAMI — Miami Marlins pitching ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident, ESPN reports.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Fernandez was one of three people who died in the accident off the coast of Miami. Early investigations suggest neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the crash.
The Miami Herald posted photos of the scene of the crash.
Fernandez was a 2011 first-round pick, taken 14th overall by the Marlins. He would go on to be a two-time All-Star, including the 2016 season, Fernandez was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA this season.
He was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2013. He was 38-17 with a 2.58 ERA in 76 career starts for the Marlins.
MLB fans around the country offered condolences on social media, with many re-posting a memorable play from 2013 in which Fernandez made an impressive catch off a laser beam line drive from Troy Tulowitzki.
After Fernandez makes the snag, a visibly stunned Tulowitzki stopped in his tracks and called out, “Did you catch that?”
Major League Baseball tweeted their condolences on Sunday.
Baseball Lifestyle tweeted the video of the final out of Fernandez’s young career.