On September 25, 2016 Major league baseball lost one of the greatest pitchers in the game. Not only was Fernandez already one of the best pitchers in the game, but he had a very bright future. Fernandez passed away around 3 in the morning on September 25 due to a tragic boating accident. I woke up to this news on Sunday and I was completely devastated. Being that he was only 24 years old, it seemed like he had a lot of great baseball left but now all we can think is what could have been.
Before I talk about how great a person he was, let’s talk about Jose Fernandez, the ace of the Miami Marlins. In his short four year MLB career, Fernandez had a career record of 38-17 with an ERA of 2.58. He also posted 538 strike outs. This guy could throw heat and he was very electric. In my mind he was easily in the top 5 of MLB pitchers right now. Some of his career accomplishments, were winning the NL Rookie of the year in 2013 and being named to the all-star game in 2013 and 2016. Not only did Fernandez bring dominant stuff to the mound but he also brought a great personality. This guy loved baseball and he was always having fun. He was also the Marlins biggest cheerleader. He loved his teammates and his teammates loved him. Sometimes he rubbed opposing players the wrong way but that was just him showing his emotions. Fernandez was just a fun, loving player that would express how he felt about his performance or his teammates performance.
Jose Fernandez, the individual, was also great too. Fernandez tried to escape from Cuba to America and failed three times. On his fourth attempt, a person fell into the sea, and not knowing who it was, Fernandez, jumped into the water and was able to rescue the person and get them back into the boat. The person he saved turned out to be his mother. At only 15 years old, Fernandez, was already a hero for doing that. Fernandez, his sister and his mother successfully made it to America and relocated in Tampa Bay. Jose loved his family and his biggest fan was his grandmother. His grandmother would climb to the roof of her house just to be able to listen to Fernandez pitch on the radio. After six years apart, his grandmother was able to attend opening day in 2014 and watch her grandson pitch. Fernandez pitched a great game that day and I believe part of the reason was because of his Grandmother being in attendance.
Jose Fernandez leaves his grandmother, mother, sister, and girlfriend behind. One of the saddest things about Jose passing is that a week ago he announced on Instagram that his girlfriend was pregnant. That child will never know his/her dad but will know how outstanding his/her father was not only as an MLB pitcher but as a human being. The Marlins have already announced that they will retire the number 16 Fernandez jersey and I believe that is the right move. He will never be forgotten by that franchise and will be watching down on that team. Baseball will miss you Jose, keep smiling and forever Rest in Peace.