Miami Marlins pitcher, Jose Fernandez, 24, died on Sunday in a boating accident.
Early Sunday morning the Coast Guard found a 32 foot boat upside down off the coast of Miami Beach. The boat had crashed into a jetty. Three men were found dead as a result of the apparent crash, none of which were wearing a life vest. Two of the men were underneath the vessel, the third was found floating in the nearby water.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman, Lorenzo Veloz, confirmed that Fernandez was one of three men found. Veloz clarified that Fernandez had not drowned but that he was killed by the trauma of the crash. There has been no reason to suspect that Fernandez or the other two men, whose identities will be confirmed by family before being revealed publicly, were intoxicated.
“It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it,” said Veloz. “It does appear to be that they were coming at full speed when they encountered the jetty, and the accident happened.”
Fernandez, 24, was a young star with talent that had many analysts considering him a future Hall of Famer. He was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2013. He was also a two time All Star, including during the 2016 season.
The Marlins game on Sunday was canceled as a result of the tragedy involving Fernandez, who was not scheduled to pitch. Major League Baseball announced that there would be a leaguewide moment of silence before each Sunday game.