Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident near Miami Beach

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident.

Marlins ace dies after boat crash.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

MIAMI BEACH — Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has gone on to be with the Lord. According to U.S. Coast Guard officials, the two time All-Star pitcher was one of three people to lose their lives in a tragic boating accident off Miami Beach early Sunday morning. Fernandez was only 24-years-old. The baseball community is rattled. “All of Baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández,” Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

“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. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life.” 

Coast Guard patrol officers found an overturned boat on a jetty near Government Cut around 3:30 a.m. The bodies were located shortly after. Fernandez has a baby on the way. Last week, he announced via Instagram that his girlfriend was pregnant. Fernandez, named National League Rookie of the Year in 2013, leaves behind a career record of 38-17 with a 2.58 ERA in 76 starts for Miami.

Update: Toxicology report shows Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system at time of death.

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16 comments

  1. This is such terrible news. He was one of the best and most lovable players in baseball. He loved the game and it was apparent. A true joy to watch. This is a big blow for baseball as a sport. His presence will be missed by fans, players, coaches, and MLB personnel alike. RIP.

  2. Man this is so sad, so much talent, so much potential to be one of the greats, he was certainly maturing as a player in the game and getting better day by day as a phenomenal athlete. He had so much star power and potential, really made the game fun to watch, my condolences to his family and friends. It seems like every year we lose a talented prospect from a tragic accident Nick Adenhart, Oscar Taveras, and now Jose Fernandez; may they rest in peace and not be forgotten. I am still shell-shocked.

  3. Timothy Castantine

    Absolutely crushing. This exceedingly rare phenom was on track to become the next 300 strikeout per year monster. He was physically imposing on the mound with exceptional stuff. What amazed me most is that he achieved all of this success by essentially using only two of his three pitches pitches; his +++ four seam fastball and +++ curveball. He occasionally threw a change up, but not with regularity. I was really looking forward to watching him add a fourth and fifth pitch in the coming years. Just imagine what an epic force he could have become after adding a dominant splitter, cut fastball, or slider to his arsenal…Very sad day for all fans of the game.

  4. Andrew Michael Maycock

    He seemed like an awesome person. He nicknamed his curveball “The Defector” so you can imagine he was fun to be around.

  5. Kaitlyn Shutes

    This is so heartbreaking! My heart goes out to his family, one of the saddest parts is that he will never get to meet his child that is on the way. �

  6. In a world where everyday it seems things suck even more, this is the the worst. My most profound, deepest, and shared sadness and sympathy to the families and friends of those killed. This can’t be happening, it can’t.

  7. Chris Torgersen

    Wow. RIP. He was truly one of the brightest young talents in the game, with Hall of Fame potential if he could have stayed away from injuries. Unfortunately, this is one injury from which there can be no return. It’s awful to hear of his death.

  8. Rest in peace my nigga

  9. R.I.P. We’ll miss you Jose.??? viva Cuba coño……

  10. I remember how he seemed genuinely cheerful and happy to have an opportunity. I also remember the 1st homer he hit when the braves got mad that he watched it. Seemed like a great person and prayers out to his family.

  11. Unbelievable. Jose was an awesome pitcher. 253 K’s so far this year. So tragic.

  12. Red Pill Brotherhood

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the Fernandez family and friends. I will miss watching the most exciting pitcher in the game with all his fire and passion on the mound as well as cheering the team on from the dugout. This is a horrible loss. RIP Jose and my special condolences to your girlfriend, mother and child on the way.

  13. i never teared for an athlete or celebrity passing away, but this is the first. RIP Jose

  14. You don’t have to be a Miami fan to be extremely moved and beyond sad by everything that has occurred with this unbelievable tragedy. Living in the Boca area I’m from Colorado and a lifetime anything Denver fan, but I have nothing but respect for sports communities like Miami, Jose Fernandez you were a true legend, you will never be forgotten!! I can’t believe this, too young to die, he was only 2 years older than me, something like this shows how quickly life can end, and how much we should appreciate it when we still have the chance!!

  15. So much for “remembering” this drug addict. Folks, lets not honor a filthy piece of shit. The idiot died due to alcohol, cocaine, and most likely a filthy lifestyle.
    One less animal to worry about.

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