According to a story in the Sun-Sentinel, honoring Jose Fernandez will be a theme of the Miami Marlins' 2017 season, especially during the milestones he won't be there for: the first day of spring training, Opening Day, the All-Star Game at Marlins Park and so on.
The Marlins will put a subtle yet tangible twist on those remembrances with a "No. 16" uniform patch like what the team wore the final week of last season. The black and white patch will be on every jersey for every game, home and away, but on the chest instead of the sleeve.
Fernandez died in a boating accident four months ago off a jetty in south Florida, killing the Marlins’ ace and two other people. The Marlins players had the No. 16 written on their baseball caps, as did other player throughout Major League Baseball to honor their fallen colleague.
"There's a lot of things happening that are going to bring this back to the forefront," team president David Samson said. "And I think that's how it should be. That's how you keep memories alive for people. There are constantly things that will surround us that will continue to remind us of the importance he had."
The Marlins officially open Spring Training on Feb. 14 when pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter, Florida at Roger Dean Stadium. Miami will have at least two new starters in the rotation as the team made several deals through free agency and trades over the offseason to acquire new arms for the entire pitching staff.