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Miami Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident

Jose Fernandez, pitcher for the Miami Marlins, died in a boating accident earlier today.

According to authorities, the boat crashed into rocks near Miami Beach. Three people were found dead, Fernandez among them.

The Marlins called off today’s game against the Braves and are currently mourning the loss of their friend and teammate:

I'm still waiting to wake up from this nightmare. I lost my brother today and can't quite comprehend it. The shock is overwhelming. What he meant to me , our team, the city of Miami, Cuba & everyone else in the world that his enthusiasm/heart has touched can never be replaced. I can't fathom what his family is going through because We, as his extended Family are a wreck. I gave him the nickname Niño because he was just a young boy Amongst men , yet those men could barely compete with him . He had his own level, one that was changing the game. EXTRAORDINARY, as a person before the player. Yet still just a kid, who's joy lit up the stadium more than lights could. A kid whose time came too soon. One that I will miss & never forget. Rest In Peace Niño, Jose Fernandez ??

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Marlins coach Don Mattingly got choked up at a press conference earlier today recalling Fernandez’ joy and love of the game:

Teams across the league will be holding moments of silence today before their games, and the MLB not only issued a statement, but shared video of his final pitch:

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