Baseball Reacts To The Loss Of Fernandez

Young superstar a huge loss to the game


By: Jim Williams – Columnist for Sports Talk Florida

MIAMI –  Major League Baseball awoke this morning with the news that one of their brightest stars, the Marlins Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident. The sad news that Fernandez was one of three people killed in the crash, according to the Coast Guard. The boat crashed into rocks and was found capsized by search and rescue teams around 3 a.m. off the coast of Miami Beach, according to CBS Miami. Fernandez, 24, has been as one of the game’s best pitchers since he debuted in 2013, and he was Baseball America Rookie of the Year in 2013 when he went 12-6, 2.19 with 187 strikeouts in 172.2 innings.

That season, over his final 18 starts from June 1-Sept. 11, Fernandez was the best pitcher in the majors. He logged a 1.50 ERA over 120 innings. Second over that span was Clayton Kershaw (1.96). Fernandez also paced the National League with a .161  average during that stretch, well ahead of Stephen Strasburg (.194), second among qualifying pitchers those three and a half months. So far in 2016 – his first full year since returning from Tommy John surgery that cost him most of the 2014 season and two-thirds of 2015—Fernandez was 16-8, 2.86 with 253 strikeouts, second in baseball behind the Nationals  Max Scherzer.

The baseball world was quick to respond to the loss of Fernandez. I dont have the words to describe the pain feel for the loss of my friend Jose. Goodbye, my friend.