Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday in a boating crash, according to a baseball source.
Fernandez, 24, was originally scheduled to start Sunday, in what have been his likely final outing of the season.
Fernandez was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2011, was the National League rookie of the year in 2013. He was finishing up on his finest season in the majors.
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The death leaves the team in shock. Along with outfield Giancarlo Stanton, he was the best player on the team and one of the top 10 in the league.
The Marlins issued a statement on Sunday: “The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayer sare with his family at this very difficult time.”
Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves has been canceled.
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At least three people are reportedly dead after a boat crash off Miami Beach on Sunday morning.
Emergency workers are searching for more victims near Government Cut and South Pointe Park.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the crash of the 30-foot boat.
“They found a boat that was up against the jetties,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Todd Garofalo told WSVN. “They did do an initial search and they found three victims — two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had unfortunately passed away.”
On Saturday, three people were found dead near a raft 20 miles off Islamorada in the Keys.
This bulletin will be updated as more information becomes available.