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On September 25th, 2016 Jose Fernandez passed away in a tragic boating accident. Jose, 24 years young, was one of the most exciting young stars in the game. Although he made some mistakes which lead to his boating accident, it can not wash away what he did on the baseball field and who he was a player and teammate. Below are Jose’s career stats38-17
589 strikeouts in 471.1 innings pitched
career 1.054 Whip
2013 ROY and finished 3rd in Cy Young voting
7th in Cy Young voting in 2016
14.2 career WAR
There is no denying the fact that Fernandez was an incredible pitcher with an extremely bright future, given he was still only 24. But despite his incredible feats as a player, it is extremely hard to forget the passion he brought and the intensity which made him impossible not to love.
Its hard to argue that anyone had more love of the game than Fernandez. The passion and love brought by Jose was unprecedented. Jose was said to be “a little kid in the major leagues”. Below is a couple of gif’s showing the passion Jose brought to the table
While this does not to the justice that Jose deserve it should help you understand more about Jose’s personality, that of a fun and loving kid.
Helped by the ideas of Ken Rosenthal, I feel that the MLB should introduce a new award that is given each year.
The Jose Fernandez Award
This award should be given to the player who shows the most love of the game and plays with the most passion. Some potential recipients for the award could include players such as Javier Baez or Fransisco Lindor who both as well demonstrate an incredibly high passion fo the game.
I feel that this award would make for a great addition to the game and would correctly honor Jose in doing so.
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