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Marlins ace Fernandez dies in boating accident

Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez, 24, was one of three men killed when a boat overturned in Florida early Sunday. None of the men were wearing life vests.

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The entire Marlins roster is present for the news conference. They also brought Jose Fernandez's No. 16 jersey to the presser.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Marlins' press conference is underway. Many sad faces following the passing of pitcher Jose Fernandez.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

At Marlins Park, pitcher Jose Fernandez's No. 16 is spray painted along with his hat on the mound to remember his passing early Sunday due to a boat accident.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets open a series in Miami on Monday. Manager Terry Collins discusses what he will tell his players before the opener, and how the Mets will be showing the proper respect for Jose Fernandez and the game by competing while at Marlins Park despite heavy hearts. Also, Jacob deGrom, Wilmer Flores and Rene Rivera offer their remembrances of Fernandez, who died early Sunday in a boating accident at age 24.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The tragic death of Jose Fernandez is one of the saddest sports stories I can ever remember. A vibrant upbeat guy with a special talent. RIP

Michael Eaves ESPN Anchor 

Charlotte police have stopped at least one protester & searched a bag, but there's minimal protest presence about 1 hour before kickoff.

Adam Amin ESPN 

Jose Fernandez inspired with his story of perseverance and he radiated pure joy when he was on the field. There were few like him. I remember being at Fort Bragg for the July 3 game. There weren't many who were more in awe of the day and more honored to be there than Jose Fernandez. His reverence for this country was easily recognized. He and Ichiro stayed on the field at Fort Bragg after the game and took it all in. He was pure talent, certainly. But he didn't mind if you pimped a HR when you got one off of him. He smiled along with you. That's joy you can't fake. The baseball world, the sports world, the world has lost a shining light today.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was saddened and shocked by the news of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez's passing Sunday: "That smile I'm not going to see anymore. That personality and love for the game, the love for everything really."

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Inside Marlins Park, the team is remembering pitcher Jose Fernandez on their scoreboard. The team is cancelling today's game.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton came out earlier than normal. He was wearing a black T-shirt with the Martin Luther King quote that said: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Big media gathering here awaiting the Miami Marlins' press conference following the passing of pitcher Jose Fernandez. Sad, somber mood overall here at Marlins Park, where today's game is cancelled.

Mike Trout @MikeTrout

Absolutely devastated hearing about Jose. Thoughts and prayers go to his family, friends, and Marlins org.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

According to the Miami Beach Coast Guard, pitcher Jose Fernandez and the other two boaters who passed away early Sunday were not wearing life vests. The boat also was not owned by Fernandez.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

According to Miami Beach Coast Guard, Jose Fernandez's boat was discovered around 3am Sunday morning. Fernandez and two others were found dead, according to the Coast Guard.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Just crushing, devastating news about the death of Jose Fernandez. He was the most exciting pitcher in the game, with the unreal stuff only a handful of pitchers have ever possessed, and matched that with an infectious enthusiasm, energy and love for the game. He'll be throwing some nasty sliders up there against Babe Ruth and friends in the eternal game.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Marlins fans gather outside Marlins Park following the passing of pitcher Jose Fernandez. Today's game is cancelled.