The Miami Marlins and Major League Baseball (MLB) lost a promising and prized young pitcher in Jose Fernandez who was among the three people killed in a boat accident Sunday. He was 24.
The Marlins canceled their scheduled game against the Atlanta Braves following the devastating loss of the Cuban defector. Fernandez was one of three people killed in a crash according to the U.S. Coast Guard, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Fernandez was on board a 32-foot SeaVee traveling at full speed before it eventually struck the rocks, the Associated Press adds. There were no indications of alcohol or illegal substances though the three casualties were noted as not wearing any life vests.
Remembering Jose Fernandez
Known as a Cuban defector, Fernandez was actually inspired by his stepfather, Ramon Jimenez, who went first back in 2013. While it was never their intent to defect, it was something he was forced to do in relation to some politics.
Fernandez showed promise of being a future baseball star in 2008 for his country until the defection. That move cost him $1,000 and even included spending months in prison.
According to reports, the boat accident was a result of the speed at which the boat was traveling. Initial findings believe that Fernandez may have succumbed due to the impact of the crash.
For his part, it somehow made sense seeing Fernandez as someone who could survive on water. In 2014, Fernandez shared how he saved his mother from drowning after falling off a boat. This was during the fourth time that he and his mother attempted to defect.
“There are no words to describe how this organization feels,” Samson said via the Washington Post. “Jose is someone we have known since he was a drafted young man. I think when you talk about a tragedy like this, there are no words that come to mind. There’s no playbook.”