The news of Jose Fernandez’s death in a boating accident rocked the baseball world Sunday. The 24-year-old Marlins pitching ace was lauded as one of MLB’s rising stars, leaving fans around the world wondering what could have been.
MLB stars, organizations, and other professional athletes took to social media to express the feelings and pay tribute to the young pitcher.
Royals players Eric Hosmer and Christian Colón tweeted their sympathies and respect.
Teammate Giancarlo Stanton shared his feelings of loss, as well as one of his fond memories of Fernandez.
Fellow Cuban Yoenis Cespedes paid his respects by taping a Mets jersey with Fenandez’s name and number in the Mets dugout.
NBA star Dwayne Wade offered his respect for his fellow athlete, calling himself “a fan from afar.”
The Marlins cancelled Sunday’s game after hearing the news. The Marlins will take the field Monday, tweeting “There’s a game to be played. He’d want it that way.”