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Five months after Miami pitcher’s death MLB is still dealing with the loss of one of the young stars in the sport

Five months after Miami pitcher’s death MLB is still dealing with the loss of one of the young stars in the sport

The Miami Marlins have announced players will wear a No. 16 patch on their uniforms to remember the late Jose Fernandez this season.

Fernandez was a two-time All-Star, including in 2016, and was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2013. He was killed in the accident in Miami in the early morning of Sept. 25. The crash also killed two others who were on the boat with Fernandez. 

Following his passing, team owner Jeffrey Loria announced that Fernandez’s number would be retired by the organization. The first game the team played following his death every player on the team wore the No. 16 in his honor.

The Marlins will open their regular season on April 3 against the National East division champion Washington Nationals. Miami will also be the host city for the 2017 All-Star game and the World Baseball Classic will be played at Marlins Park.


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