The baseball world was rocked Sunday morning by the news that Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident at the age of 24.
"All of baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez," Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "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. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life."
Chicago baseball teams and players shared their own messages on Twitter after the news broke.
Our thoughts are with Jose Fernandez, his family and friends, the @Marlins organization and their fans today.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 25, 2016
Shocked & saddened by the loss of @JDFernandez16. An incredible player but even better human being. My condolences to his family & teammates— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) September 25, 2016
So sad. Prayers for Jose Fernandez and his family. Such a joy watching him play the game. He will truly be missed.— Kris Bryant (@KrisBryant_23) September 25, 2016
What an infectious smile, love for his family, and passion that he had for this game. You will def be missed my friend. #RIPJoseFernandez— Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) September 25, 2016
So shocked by this mornings news!! Rip Jose Fernandez!! This is such a tragedy for us all! Please pray for his family!!— Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) September 25, 2016
Very very sad day .. thoughts & prayers with Jose's friends and Family— Mr.Lawrie (La 🧀) (@blawrie13) September 25, 2016
Not only a dominant pitcher, but a leader and a role model for his community. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Fernandez family.— Carson Fulmer (@Carson_Fulmer) September 25, 2016
No words. pic.twitter.com/7fTLBzUc7W— Yolmer Sanchez (@CarlosSan29) September 25, 2016
Thoughts and prayers for the family of Jose Fernandez. An amazing player gone too soon.— Spencer Patton (@SBPatton) September 25, 2016
Devastated to hear the news out of Miami today. Knew Jose, caught first pro bullpen. Infectious passion. Hug your teammates. Life too short.— John Baker (@manbearwolf) September 25, 2016
So saddened to hear about our loss as a baseball family. What an amazing talent Jose was. Thoughts and prayers for his family #RIPJose— Pierce Johnson (@Flowbro33) September 25, 2016
Born in Cuba, Fernandez had a long and dangerous journey defecting to the United States. Unsuccessful attempts to defects were followed by prison terms, and during his successful attempt, he rescued his mother from drowning after she fell overboard. He was only 15 years old at the time.
Fernandez, who won National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, was twice named an NL All Star, including this season. He had a sparkling 2.58 ERA in his four big league seasons. After dealing with injuries that limited him to 19 combined starts during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Fernandez was stellar this season, posting a 2.86 ERA and striking out a whopping 253 batters in 182 1/3 innings.