I was surprised and saddened to learn that Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident early this morning. Such a tremendous talent, gone way too soon.
Fernandez defected from Cuba and played high school ball in Florida before being drafted in 2011 by the Marlins. Jose took the baseball world by storm winning the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year award and earning a spot in the All-Star game that summer.
He spent most of 2014 and 2015 dealing with Tommy John surgery, but was returned to his All-Star form this season.
It reminded me of when as a kid I heard about Cleveland Indians relievers Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed in a boating accident back in 1993. Fellow pitcher Bobby Ojeda was severely injured when the boat they were in crashed into an unlit pier on a moonless night.
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