Jose Fernandez, 24, was a two-time All-Star who went 38-17 in his four seasons with the Marlins, winning the NL's Rookie of the Year award in 2013. The native of Santa Clara, Cuba became a U.S. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami.
All Miami Marlins players will reportedly wear No. 16 jerseys tonight in honor of José Fernández, according to a Miami Herald beat reporter.
Fernández and two other men died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities said. The capsized boat was found shortly after 3 a.m., and the news sent shock waves throughout Major League Baseball.
The other two victims were Emilio Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, according to Darren Caprara, operations director of the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Marlins’ game Sunday against Atlanta was canceled, but there were pregame tributes and moments of silence for him throughout both leagues. Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz asked the Tampa Bay Rays to cancel a pregame tribute they scheduled in his honor before his final game in their ballpark Sunday.
Miami Marlins officials told 7News they are not confirming the report.
The Marlins are scheduled to play the New York Mets at Marlins Park at 7:10 p.m.
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