The baseball community loses a star

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Panther Prowl

Joseph Schmidt, Sports Editor

This week a tragedy has occurred in the baseball community that has affected almost everyone that is in the sport. Star Miami Marlin pitcher, José Fernández, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. Fernández was out on a boat with two friends when tragedy struck. Authorities found the men and their boat overturned on some rocks in the Miami Harbor. The names of the other two men will not be released until their families are notified.

The young pitcher was at the top of his game.  Fernández was an up and coming pitcher that threw major heat that could strike out some of the best players in the sport. Fernández defected from Cuba at the age of 15 in order to pursue his baseball career in the United States. Fernández has a wife, Carla Mendoza that is expecting their child. Throughout his short Major League career, Fernández, has posted a 38-17 record with a 2.58 ERA which is extraordinary. Fernández had promise to be one of the best pitchers that the MLB has ever seen. The Marlins entire team wore Fernández’s #16 jersey in their home game against the New York Mets, a team in a close playoff race, on Monday to celebrate the memory of their fallen pitcher. The Marlins have decided to retire the number 16 so it can never be worn again in their organization. This honor is usually is only bestowed upon Hall Of Famers that played on a team for an entire career. Fernández had such a positive attitude and dedication to the Marlins that they will hold him in memoriam forever.