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José Fernández - Passion for Baseball Passion for Life - cover

José Fernández - Passion for Baseball Passion for Life

Clark Spencer

Publisher: Herald Books

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The inspiring life and career of the Miami Marlins’ pitcher, the youngest MLB All-Star in team history, who died in a tragic boating accident in 2016.   In August 2016, José Fernández’s girlfriend, Maria Arias, presented him with a special cake at a family dinner to celebrate that they were going to have a baby. For Fernandez, becoming a father marked a new milestone in a young life that had already been brimming with milestones: fleeing Cuba multiple times before making it to freedom in the United States; drafted by the Miami Marlins in the first round in 2011; making the 2013 and 2016 All-Star teams; winning the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2013, and becoming a US citizen last year. Suddenly, early in the morning of September 25, his life came to a tragic end in a boating crash that left his family, friends, and the baseball world devastated. This book is a Miami Herald tribute to baseball’s unforgettable young pitching sensation and lover of life.

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