I'm absolutely shocked and saddened at the news that Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has passed away in a boating accident. I couldn't believe it; I thought it was another internet hoax.
Fernandez was one of the best young pitchers in baseball, and one of my favorite players to watch. He always took the mound with such joy and exuberance - which was sometimes misinterpreted as showboating. But the guy just loved the game.
His Cy Young caliber performance this season re-ignited the Hot Stove talk that he would eventually sign a huge free agent contract with the New York Yankees. I really, really did not want that to happen because I enjoyed watching Jose pitch and I wanted to cheer for him, not against him. But God would I have preferred that scenario.
|Some of my favorite Fernandez cards|
What a sad day for his family, his teammates, and baseball fans everywhere.