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Devastated Fans, Marlins and MLB Mourn Death of Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez



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    In this file photo, Jose Fernandez sits in the dugout during the first inning of the Miami Marlins game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Marlins Park on May 04, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Fernandez died early Sunday morning in a boating accident in Florida.

    Baseball fans and players awoke Sunday morning to the tragic news of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez's death.

    The ace right-hander was one of three people killed in a boating accident in Miami Beach. The Cuban-born athlete was just 24 years old. 

    Miami Marlins players gathered at the team's ballpark to grieve together following the death of their teammate.

    "A lot of words were said, meaningful words and emotion and prayer," Marlins president David Samson said at a news conference, surrounded by more than two dozen players wearing black Marlins jerseys. "Jose is a member of this family for all time."

    Manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Michael Hill flanked Samson and fought back tears.

    "When I think about Jose, it's going to be thinking about a little kid," Mattingly said. "I see such a little boy in him ... the way he played. ... Kids play Little League, that's the joy Jose played with."

    The Marlins' game Sunday against Atlanta was canceled. Their home game Monday night against the New York Mets will be played as scheduled, the team said.

    "Deep in our hearts there is a lot of pain," third baseman Martin Prado said. "Somehow we've got to overcome that."

    Fans, athletes and sports teams took to social media Sunday to mourn Fernandez's death, tweeting condolences and prayers for his family and the Marlins organization.  

    "Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion," Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price said on Twitter early Sunday.