Fernandez mourned at Marlins Park memorial

Fans pay respect to 'Joseito' as teammates, coaches, staff gather

Fernandez mourned at Marlins Park memorial

MIAMI -- An organization and hundreds of its grieving fans gathered at Marlins Park on Wednesday afternoon to bid farewell to All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez, whose tragic death has rocked South Florida and the sports world.

On an overcast and sometimes rainy afternoon, Fernandez's body was driven to Marlins Park for a memorial that lasted 20 minutes and will be etched in the hearts of all who attended.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prado homers, but Marlins fall out of WC race

Prado homers, but Marlins fall out of WC race

MIAMI -- Days shy of October, Mets manager Terry Collins' head is swimming with the possibilities of postseason play. There are tiebreakers to consider, play-in games and National League Wild Card scenarios running every which way. There are thoughts of pitchers on short and extra rest, tune-up starts and must-win games. There are planes, trains and buses, ready to whisk the Mets in umpteen different directions.

But first, the Mets must qualify for such madness. They took another step in that direction on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over Miami, taking two of three at Marlins Park to reduce their magic number to two.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Bigger than a game: Marlins, city unite amid tragedy

Bigger than a game: Marlins, city unite amid tragedy

MIAMI -- The emotionally draining three-game series ended on Wednesday night where it started, with grieving players gathering on the mound and in their own way paying respect to Jose Fernandez.

With their 5-2 loss to the Mets at Marlins Park, Miami is officially eliminated from National League Wild Card contention. But in the darkest hour, the players never lost sight of the importance to bond together in the face of tragedy.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Awards voters should back Fernandez

Late Marlins pitcher deserves NL Cy Young Award

Awards voters should back Fernandez

You knew we'd get here eventually. The public grief over Jose Fernandez's sudden, unimaginable death is still very real and very raw. Personally, I can't even look at that No. 16 jersey yet -- which has understandably been all over social media this week -- without getting choked up.

But you knew the award discussion would arise. This close to the 2016 finish line, it had to.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashner starts opener in DC after emotional off-day

Cashner starts opener in DC after emotional off-day

The Marlins enter their weekend series at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday at Washington with heavy hearts, as they continue to grieve the death of Jose Fernandez, while the Nationals aim to lock up the second seed in the National League for the postseason.

Entering Thursday, the Nationals hold a two-game lead over the Dodgers in the standings.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Koehler chased early; Marlins can't recreate magic

Koehler chased early; Marlins can't recreate magic

MIAMI -- It will take weeks, months, even years for the Marlins to recover from the death of Jose Fernandez. In some ways, they never will. But they at least attempted to restore a sense of normalcy on Tuesday night at Marlins Park, where the Mets scored a 12-1 victory in a game bursting with National League Wild Card implications.

"Obviously, hearts are still heavy, and they're going to be for the rest of the year here -- probably for a long time after that, too," Mets outfielder Jay Bruce said. "But we needed to win this game today, and we were able to do that."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Speedy Perez collects first big league hit

Speedy Perez collects first big league hit

MIAMI -- They know he can run. Yefri Perez has game-changing speed, which he's shown on several occasions with four stolen bases in his 10 big league games.

On Tuesday night, in the Marlins' 12-1 loss to the Mets at Marlins Park, Perez also gave a glimpse of how he can bat, and the 25-year-old collected his first big league hit, an opposite-field single off Fernando Salas in the eighth inning.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Prado to get 3-year extension

Sources: Prado to get 3-year extension

MIAMI -- With less than a week remaining in the regular season, the Marlins have addressed what would have been one of their top offseason priorities.

Martin Prado, the team's unofficial captain, has agreed to terms on a three-year, $40 million contract, sources have told MLB.com. The Marlins have not confirmed the deal.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins team barber gets a Fernandez tattoo

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Marlins team barber gets a Fernandez tattoo

Hugo Tandron is the Marlins' team barber. Before every start Jose Fernandez made at Marlins Park over the course of his career, the right-hander sat down in Tandron's chair for a haircut.

The FOX Sports Florida crew caught up with Tandron for an interview that aired during Tuesday's game with the Mets to talk about Fernandez and the memories Tandron has of one of his most frequent customers.

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Diaz honors Jose's legacy in grand fashion

Cards shortstop hits emotional slam after spending time with Fernandez's family

Diaz honors Jose's legacy in grand fashion

ST. LOUIS -- After spending much of Monday in Miami, where he mourned the loss of Jose Fernandez alongside family and close friends, Aledmys Diaz returned to St. Louis ready to pay tribute to the childhood friend who died early Sunday in a boating accident.

He hung a No. 16 jersey in the Cardinals' dugout as a tangible sign of support for a grieving family and community. And then, carrying with him the weight of personal loss and professional expectation, Diaz produced not only one of the most poignant moments of the Cardinals' season, but also one of its biggest hits. His fourth-inning grand slam, the first of Diaz's career, helped lift the Cardinals to a 12-5 victory over the Reds and, Diaz hoped, also the spirits of so many still hurting.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets sign Fernandez jersey to honor Marlins ace

Mets sign Fernandez jersey to honor Marlins ace

MIAMI -- As they entered their clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, Mets players walked by the Jose Fernandez jersey that hung in their dugout the previous two games. One by one, they signed the 1986 throwback Mets jersey, which they planned to present to the Marlins as a gift.

Consider it closure for a team looking to move past the emotions of Monday's game, Miami's first since Fernandez's death.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tearful return: Emotional Marlins win

Tearful return: Emotional Marlins win

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez's presence was everywhere on Monday night, and collectively, the Marlins fed off the energy. Dee Gordon set the tone, honoring his friend and teammate by taking a pitch in the right-handed batter's box before turning around to his natural left-handed side and hitting a tearful leadoff homer that tugged at the heartstrings of everyone at Marlins Park.

Gordon had four hits and Justin Bour collected three, helping the Marlins break open a big lead and hold off the Mets, 7-3, on a night they paid tribute to Fernandez, whose death on Sunday morning in a boating accident rocked the sports world.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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After honoring friend, Dee delivers 1st homer

Infielder takes first pitch from right side, then goes deep as lefty swinger

After honoring friend, Dee delivers 1st homer

MIAMI -- An emotional and teary-eyed Dee Gordon paid tribute to Jose Fernandez in dramatic fashion on Monday night at Marlins Park. The two-time All-Star second baseman, after taking one pitch batting from the right side in the first inning, switched back to his natural lefty spot, and two pitches later belted his first home run of the season, a second-deck drive off Mets righty Bartolo Colon.

It was a poetic moment on a night when the Marlins struggled to find the right words to explain the loss of a teammate. The homer also provided a much-needed lift that helped carry Miami to a 7-3 win.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'

Marlins moved to tears as rival embraces unity in light of tragic loss

In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'

MIAMI -- The significance of the night outweighed the importance of one regular-season game, and that sentiment came to light at Marlins Park before the first pitch of Monday's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets was thrown.

After a touching pregame ceremony, the entire Mets team approached the Marlins and the two rivals embraced on a day Miami, South Florida and the baseball community paid tribute to Jose Fernandez.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

On night heavy with grief, Gordon produces magic

Smallest guy on field homers after tribute to fallen teammate

On night heavy with grief, Gordon produces magic

Dee Gordon was holding the bat. We know that.

But the forces that swung it through the strike zone? Those are impossible to know, to quantify, to attribute.

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Marlins honor Fernandez by wearing No. 16

Team will wear patch to pay tribute to Fernandez for rest of season

Marlins honor Fernandez by wearing No. 16

MIAMI -- No. 16 was everywhere during Monday night's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets. Each Miami player had it on the back of his black uniform top.

Nothing has been officially announced, but it just might be the last time we see a Marlins player wear No. 16.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gordon follows tribute with remarkable HR

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Gordon follows tribute with remarkable HR

There was not a dry eye in the stadium as the Marlins and Mets took the field to play each other on Monday. Just a day after Jose Fernandez passed away in a tragic boating accident, and after the Marlins had postponed their game against the Braves, the team was back to play a game. 

During a beautiful pregame tribute, the Marlins took the field in Fernandez's No. 16 jersey: 

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Mets, Marlins unite in remembering Jose

Mets, Marlins unite in remembering Jose

MIAMI -- In his absence, all of Jose Fernandez's teammates had his back during Monday night's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets at Marlins Park, literally. Each player on the Marlins, and all of the coaches, wore No. 16 Fernandez jerseys in honor of the passing of the 24-year-old Miami ace.

During a touching pregame ceremony, a lone trumpeter played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," as a video tribute was displayed on the scoreboard. And during the national anthem, all of Miami's starting position players gathered around the pitcher's mound, while the rest of the players on both teams stood at the lines.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beloved star Fernandez dies in tragic accident

Beloved star Fernandez dies in tragic accident

MIAMI -- Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, a beloved young superstar in Major League Baseball, died early Sunday in a boating accident in Miami Beach.

The tragedy rocked the organization, the South Florida community and the baseball world. With his passion for playing, emotion and energy, Fernandez became a figure who transcended sports in his four-year big league career.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Jose Fernandez: A legacy of pure joy

Jose Fernandez: A legacy of pure joy

Everything about Jose Fernandez radiated hope. Those brown eyes that had seen so much yet shined so bright. The electric arm that racked up strikeouts at a record rate. The contagious smile. The enthusiastic way he rooted for his teammates. The passion he had for his family, for his sport, for his adopted country. And most recently, the excitement he shared with all of us on Instagram, where he announced he would soon become a father.

That hope left us early Sunday morning. Fernandez, just 24 years old and just a few days removed from a typically dominant start, was one of three men who died when a 32-foot boat overturned on a jetty off Miami Beach. And it is a gut-wrenching loss for Fernandez's family, for his girlfriend and unborn child, for the Marlins and for the entire sporting world.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fans pay tribute to Fernandez at Marlins Park

Fans pay tribute to Fernandez at Marlins Park

MIAMI -- Fans, many wearing No. 16 jerseys, gathered on the West Plaza at Marlins Park on Sunday, paying tribute to the memory of Jose Fernandez, who died in a boat crash early in the morning.

A corner of the plaza quickly grew into a memorial, as fans placed flowers, pictures and balloons in the 24-year-old's honor.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

MLB.com editorial producer Christina De Nicola contributed to this report.

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United Marlins mourn loss of Fernandez

Stanton: 'I'm still waiting to wake up from this nightmare'

United Marlins mourn loss of Fernandez

MIAMI -- As one, the Marlins players and coaches stood together on Sunday mourning the death of Jose Fernandez.

Martin Prado, the team's unofficial captain, spoke for his teammates, and through tears, tried to put into words the tragic loss of Fernandez, killed early in the morning in a boating accident off Miami Beach. Mike Dunn held Fernandez's No. 16 jersey.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball community mourns the death of Jose Fernandez

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Baseball community mourns the death of Jose Fernandez

Early Sunday morning, reports surfaced that Marlins ace José Fernández had passed way in a boating accident in Miami. The Marlins have confirmed the tragic news in a statement.

After learning of the news, the baseball community offered an outpouring of condolences.

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Taken far too young, Fernandez not alone

MLB has suffered the loss of several active players over the years

Taken far too young, Fernandez not alone

Tragedy struck the baseball world early Sunday morning, when 24-year-old Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, along with two other people, died in a boating accident in Miami Beach. The Marlins organization and the rest of the Major League Baseball community were left to grieve the loss of a player with All-Star personality and talent. 

"As you can see around you, there is no words to describe how this organization feels," Marlins president David Samson said at a Sunday afternoon press conference, surrounded by Miami president of baseball operations Michael Hill, manager Don Mattingly and players. "Jose was someone who we've known since he was a drafted young man, and I think when you talk about a tragedy like this, there are no words that come to mind, there's no playbook, there's no words of consolation."

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Fernandez fondly recalled by fellow Cubans

Impact of All-Star's passing felt across MLB, Miami and Cuba

Fernandez fondly recalled by fellow Cubans

The barrage of text messages woke up Padres outfielder Jon Jay at his California home long before the sun rose. Across the country in Florida, the cellphone of former Marlins pitcher Livan Hernandez was fielding non-stop calls.

At first, Hernandez thought it must have been a cruel joke. Then, he turned on the television. On the other coast, Jay was stunned and confused, even after he began to soak in the news he read from the screen of his smartphone.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Justice: Jennings remembers Jose as 'a throwback'

Justice: Jennings remembers Jose as 'a throwback'

Jose Fernandez had talent that dazzled almost everyone. To some of the people who knew him best, though, it was the laughter and energy and happiness they'll remember forever.

"He just had an exuberance about him," former Marlins manager and general manager Dan Jennings said. "There was a certain energy, a little brashness, a little cockiness. But in a fun way."

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins statement on Jose Fernandez

The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.

Today's game against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.

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Loria statement on passing of Fernandez

Loria statement on passing of Fernandez

Marlins owner Jeffrey H. Loria released the following statement on Sunday, following the tragic death of Jose Fernandez.

"It is with the deepest sorrow that I, together with my family and the entire Marlins organization, mourn the tragic loss of Jose. Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest. Jose left us far too soon, but his memory will endure in all of us. At this difficult time, our prayers are with his mother, grandmother, family and friends."

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Fernandez tragedy overshadows playoff picture

Fernandez tragedy overshadows playoff picture

The final week of the Marlins' 2016 season quickly and tragically shifted early Sunday morning following the death of ace Jose Fernandez.

The talk of one final push for the second Wild Card spot is over. Instead, the Marlins' clubhouse, organization and community is now dealing with the numbing sadness of losing one of the game's brightest pitchers too son.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.