Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez Dies in High-Speed Boating Accident

Bryan Brandom
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Earlier this week, Miami Marlins ace and one of the greatest pitchers alive Jose Fernandez announced his family would be getting bigger.

Sadly, the child he and his girlfriend were expecting will be born without a father, as Fernandez passed away in a boating accident on Saturday night.

Fernandez, who turned 24 on July 31, was one of three men found deceased after their 32-foot boat struck a jetty off Miami Beach at what's thought to be dangerous speeds. There was reportedly no evidence of drug or alcohol abuse leading up to the accident.

 

I'm so glad you came into my life. I'm ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst

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His team canceled their Sunday game against the Atlanta Braves after the news.

"Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest,'' said Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria in a statement. "Jose left us far too soon, but his memory will endure in all of us. At this difficult time, our prayers are with his mother, grandmother, family and friends.''

"We are devastated by the news that Jose Fernandez has tragically passed," said MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark. "Jose was a remarkable young man and a tremendously gifted athlete, who at just 24, established himself as one of the game's biggest and brightest stars. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jose's family, friends, teammates, Miami Marlins organization and legions of fans in the United States and Latin America."

The Rookie of the Year in 2013, in four seasons Fernandez posted a 2.58 ERA with 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings. He leads the majors in strikeouts per nine innings in 2016, with 12.5.

"I don't have the words to describe the pain I feel,'' said a teary Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz after his game against the Tampa Bay Rays was also canceled.

The Marlins will open their series against the New York Mets as planned on Monday.

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