Jose Fernandez’s recent passing came as a blow to MLB and especially his team. The Miami Marlins pitcher was found dead in a boating accident that occurred Sept. 25, 2016. The shore of South Beach in Florida was where Fernandez’s final moments took place.
At the very early age of 24, Fernandez left the world too young. However, the West Georgian is quick to point out that his age did not hinder his capacity for greatness. Indeed, for one as young as Fernandez, his achievements spoke volumes about his determination.
He was born in Cuba, and like many of his fellow natives at the time, he tried to flee to America. Despite the perilous nature of the 90-mile journey, he never gave up. He tried to cross several times until finally, the fourth attempt brought him and his mother in Mexico.
From Mexico, the mother and son decided to settle in Florida. Fernandez eventually enrolled in Braulio Alonso High School, an institution located in Tampa. The Cuban took interest in baseball, and it did not take long for him to be recognized as a great player.
The sport not only made Fernandez shine at his local school, but apparently in the entire West Florida area. Needless to say, his expertise at the sport led him to become a prime interest of professional Major League baseball teams. He joined the Miami Marlins upon his graduation.
And the rest, as they say, is history. In the span of four short years, Fernandez exhibited notable performance in the league. His strong presence and personality earned him a Rookie of the Year award, as well as a two-time All-Star.
Further details regarding the circumstances surrounding the boat accident have not been divulged at this time. The fact remains that Jose Fernandez’s family and colleagues expressed their deepest sadness and sympathy for the star player’s passing.
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