STAR ATHLETE DIES IN BOATING ACCIDENT
A boating accident has claimed the life of a Miami Marlins star pitcher, the Canadian Press reports.
The body of multi, 24, who escaped Cuba in 2007 to become a star pitcher for the Miami Marlins was discovered by the United States Coast Guard early Sunday morning.
Chief Petty Officer Nyxolyn Cangemi, announced that the Coast Guard spotted an overturned boat at about 3.30 a.m. on a Jetty near Government Cut. Several bodies, along with Fernandez’s were found a short time later.
“We are devastated by the loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time,” the Miami Marlins stated in an announcement.
The Coast Guard immediately notified of Miami-Dade Police department, which turned the investigation of the boating accident over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
“We are stunned and devastated,“ Major League Baseball Officials announced. Sunday’s game between the Marlins and the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.
Other statements offering condolences came from several other major league baseball players.
“I’m still in shock,” Gaby Sanchez, a former Marlins player stated on Twitter.
Marcus Strom, the Toronto Blue Jays right-hander also expressed his condolences on Twitter. He took to the social media before Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees to say. “I’m sick to my stomach. I can’t believe this.“
Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price also took to Twitter to say “he was one of my favorite pitchers to watch. He showed nothing but intensity and passion.“
Fernandez, was a two-time All Star pitcher and went 38-17 during his four seasons with the Marlins. He won the 2013 Rookie Of The Year Award.
He was born in Santa Clara, Cuba and tried three times to defect from that country before he succeeded. One of those attempts finally landed him in a Cuban jail for a time. He became a citizen of the United States last year.
Fernandez attended high school in Tampa, Florida. The Marlins drafted him in 2011 and two years later he became a regular on the major league team.