Baseballs signed by Marlins' Jose Fernandez found washed ashore


Diaz credited Fernandez with being the ultimate role model for Cuban players and beyond. Encina was a sports reporter for the St. Petersburg Times.

Former teammates, teachers, staff, and friends held a vigil at Alonso High School, Wednesday evening, to honor the memory of Jose Fernandez.

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"If he's watching from somewhere, if he's tuning in, thank you for what you've done for us". He reached his second All-Star Game earlier in the year and was a strong contender for the National League Cy Young Award.

The Marlins drafted Fernandez in 2011. He had been scheduled to pitch Monday night against the New York Mets, a game that instead became a tribute to him and remembrance of his life. I wondered how the players would make it through nine innings. The entire ballpark erupted with cheers and tears.

"That guy would have been on the mound", Gordon said of his teammate, who had been expected to start the previous game on Monday. "I can't even imagine that".

Pitcher Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins poses for photos on media day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 24, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida.

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Catcher J.T. Realmuto, battery mate for many of Fernandez's performances while he compiled a remarkable 29-2 record at Marlins Park, peered in the window at the casket. Wrongful-death lawsuits could be in store, and Marlins fans might be left not only to mourn the loss of Fernandez, but also to lament - as the rawest grief gradually fades - that this tragedy should never have happened.

Many said they were prepared to wait for hours to pay their respects.

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The shrine to Fernandez outside the stadium continued to grow, as fans arrived Wednesday with posters, caps, baseballs, gloves, pictures and messages. "I just wanted to have the approach that I was going to be aggressive". He made me believe that every struggle, every setback and every risk is absolutely worth it when it's in the pursuit of what makes you truly and profoundly happy.

"I felt some serious goose bumps when he hit that", said Adam Wainwright. "I hope everyone remembers how great he was".

On Sept. 1, 2015 Fernandez tweeted out a picture that read, "If you were given a book with the story of your life, would you read the end?" Rest in peace, Jose. The outpouring of love and affection we have seen across Major League Baseball is a testament to what he meant to his teammates, his coaches, and his peers.