The baseball community is still reeling from the loss of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.
The 24-year-old pitcher died two weeks ago in a boating accident in south Florida, leaving a void not only in the Marlins’ organization, but also on the major and minor league level. Fernandez has been on the minds of baseball’s executives who want to honor him. To that end, it has been announced by Jim Caple, senior writer for ESPN.com, that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is considering naming an award after Fernandez.
"The shock of this situation has occupied us through the last week,'' Manfred said. “I understand there are some strong feelings on this topic. It's really not the right time of the year to be thinking about additional awards because of the playoffs but it's an issue we will talk about during the offseason. "Obviously, we recognize the significance Jose had with the Marlins franchise. And the fact that he was symbolic of the next generation of players in major league baseball and not just the Marlins is really significant.''
What the award is and what it will represent isn’t known yet.
Fernandez was born in Santa Clara, Cuba. He made three unsuccessful attempts at defecting before he was successful in 2008. He enrolled at Braulio Alonso High School in Tampa, Florida, and was selected by the Marlins in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft. Fernandez made his MLB debut with the Marlins on April 7, 2013. He was named to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game and won the National League (NL) Rookie of the Month Award in July and August.
After the season, he won the NL Rookie of the Year Award and finished third in Cy Young Award balloting. He underwent Tommy John surgery during the 2014 season, and made the MLB All-Star Game again in 2016. This season, he led the Marlins with 16 wins, 253 strikeouts and had an ERA of 2.84.
Miami finished 79-82 this season under manager Don Mattingly.