Bag of Baseballs Autographed by Jose Fernandez Washes Ashore One Mile from Crash Site
A bag of baseballs autographed by late Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez washed ashore in Miami on Monday.
Fernandez, 24, died in a boating accident early Sunday. According to Ocean Rescue Division Chief Vincent Canosa, a black bag containing Fernandez’s checkbook and four signed baseballs was turned in to a lifeguard by a beachgoer at 24th Street, about one mile north from where Fernandez’s 32-foot boat was found upside down on a rocky jetty off Miami Beach.
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The sad discovery was made on the same day that the Marlins returned to the field for a game Jose Fernandez had been scheduled to start. His teammates honored him in a moving pregame ceremony and wore #16 Fernandez jerseys during the game. Meanwhile, fans set up a makeshift memorial outside Marlins Park featuring dozens of flower arrangements, candles, photos, jerseys and, appropriately enough, messages written on baseballs.