Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is gone after the ace hurler died in a boating accident in Florida on Sunday morning. News about his passing, especially after the Marlins confirmed the reports are true, shocked the entire baseball community.
According to ESPN, the Coast Guard were alerted after seeing a 32-foot boat upside down on a rocky jetty around 3 a.m. in Miami. The officers found three dead bodies — two under the boat and one in the water without any life vest.
It is still unclear at this point what caused the accident, but Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Lorenzo Veloz clarified that there were no signs of use of alcohol or drugs. Most likely, the one driving the boat lost control due to speed based on how the boat was positioned on the jetty.
“The boat is a total loss right now from what we can see. It’s bad, there’s no other word for it, it’s horrible, it’s bad, it’s bad,” Veloz said via CNN.
Photos and videos of the jetty crash site can be viewed below. The death stunned most baseball fans, particularly Marlins fans who were preparing to watch their team play against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. The game was already canceled following the tragic incident.
“All of Baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in statement. “He was one of our game’s great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013.”
Fernandez has played well for the Marlins in 29 games this season. The 24-year-old ace pitcher holds a 16-8 record with a 2.86 ERA with 253 strikeouts this season. In his previous start against the Washington Nationals, the Cuba native had 12 strikeouts and 2.86 ERA in eight innings.