Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández, 24, who defected from Cuba at 15 and went on to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed early Sunday with two other men also in their 20s in a boating accident. Their boat, a 32-foot SeaVee center console model, was discovered at the entrance of Miami Harbor upside down on the north end of a rocky jetty.
It’s supposed the boat hit the rocks at full speed, between 50 mph and 65 mph. Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be factors in the accident. None of the three victims was wearing a life vest. Sunday's Marlins' game against the Atlanta Braves has been canceled. "When you watch kids playing Little League... that's the joy that Jose played with - and the passion he felt about playing," said Marlins Manager Don Mattingly at a news conference. News of his death sent shockwaves through the baseball community. "I've never met anyone who extracted more joy, more passion out of what he did than José Fernández," baseball analyst Buster Olney said. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement saying, "He was one of our game's great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013."