Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident

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A three-year-old GIF of Jose Fernandez was making the rounds online again on Sunday morning, following news of the 24-year-old Miami Marlins pitcher's sudden death.

Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities said.

"I've seen that a couple times", Tulowitzki said Sunday morning, while news of the tragedy was still trickling out.

The Marlins' game Sunday against Atlanta was canceled. "Maybe one of the best arms that was ever going to play in the game".

Members of the Philadelphia Phillies participate in a moment of silence to remember Miami Marlins Jose Fernandez before the baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 in New York.

Pitcher David Phelps stared at the floor and shook his head, while outfielder Christian Yelich took a deep breath and exhaled slowly.

Manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Michael Hill flanked Samson and unsuccessfully fought back tears.

"When I think about Josie, it's going to be thinking about a little kid". "I had the experience of talking to him several times, down-to-earth, great person".

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident. He was unique. What happened through his life, to try to come to the USA and follow his dream and save his mom, he's one of the great people in life. "Right now, the bodies are at the medical examiners' office" and will have autopsies performed on them. "At 3:40, 3:50, approximately, a.m. this morning, the Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue fire boat received a call about a capsized vessel in the vicinity of government cut", said Capt. Leonel Reye, s of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Marine Services Bureau.

Police said the other victims appeared to be friends of the pitcher in their 20s but were not teammates.

"It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it", said Veloz, the FWC spokesman. There was no evidence of alcohol or illegal substances being a factor in the crash. "He didn't care who he faced or who we were playing". "We know that this boat knows the area. We were just talking about the off-season and, ironically enough, going fishing and stuff like that".

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Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was out of town but planned to fly to Miami. A kid whose time came too soon. "My thoughts and prayers go to his family and close ones during these very hard times". The loss is incredibly tragic for so many reasons: 24 years is too short a time for anyone to experience this sad, lovely world; he was truly a transcendent talent, with the potential of being one of baseball's all-time greats; he announced only five days ago that his fiancé was pregnant with the couple's first child.

The former Rookie of the Year fled his native Cuba to become a USA citizen in 2008 (after three previous attempts) and became a high school star in Tampa.

At 20 he broke into the major leagues and was National League Rookie of the Year in 2013. "There's no words to say what you feel".

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the loss of Jose Fernandez", the Major League Baseball team said.

Though the Mets and Fernandez battled these past four years - and he never lost a start against them - his passion for the game and exuberance won over those in the Mets' dugout. Such a joy watching him play the game.

Veteran third-baseman Martin Prado spoke on behalf of the team's players, describing Fernandez as a fierce competitor on the baseball diamond.

"Obviously, when we get down there, we will have a meeting - we will get together - so that we keep things in perspective", Collins said.

Fernandez was a passenger on the boat.

News spread shortly after it was announced that the young star was killed in a boating accident in Miami Harbor.

Adding to the absence of the pitcher, video boards at an empty Marlins Park broadcast a large 16 - Fernandez's jersey number - along with his name.