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Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies In Boating Accident

This is shocking, horrifying news.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins righthander Jose Fernandez was rapidly becoming one of baseball’s brightest young stars, having a fine season in a comeback from Tommy John surgery.

This, then, is awful news:

Fernandez was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.119 WHIP in 29 starts this year and was leading the major leagues with a 12.5 strikeouts/nine innings ratio. He made the National League All-Star team and was one of the best pitchers in the league this year, a legitimate Cy Young Award candidate.

I don’t really know what else to say other than to send my sincere and heartfelt condolences to Fernandez’ family and friends, and to everyone in the Marlins organization and their fans, on the tragic passing of a bright young star in baseball.

Just wanted to post the news as soon as I heard about it so that you could have a place to discuss. The Marlins have cancelled today’s scheduled game against the Braves:

Jose Fernandez was 24 years old.