I know I haven’t posted anything other than the odd podcast here and there lately, and that’s mostly just because I have been working a ton. I also don’t have my own place, and therefore when I am working I’m also living at work… so my free time is less productive than usual. I’ll try to get back into the swing of things, that I promise.
Today has been a rough one so far, as Miami Marlins phenom José Fernández was killed early this morning in a boat crash off of Miami beach. Details are scarce, so we don’t know what the circumstances are facing the event. We just know that something terrible happened and the 24-year old is no longer going to throw a baseball to delight us anymore. And that ultimately, is very sad.
Fernandez came on the scene with all the promise in the world and delivered immediately. His first season with the Marlins in 2013 saw him throw 172 innings with a 2.19 ERA, 0.979 WHIP, and 187 strikeouts. This was the most Kershaw thing anyone had seen since… Kershaw. And even the mighty Dodger Ace didn’t start out his career as dominant as Fernandez. Sadly after 51.2 innings the following season he underwent Tommy John surgery, and lost the next year + of his career.
He came back virtually as good as he left, never once in his brief career topping a 3.00 ERA, 3.00 FIP, or even less than 11 K/9 since his rookie year. He was dominant.
For me, Fernandez was going to be the single best pitcher in baseball not named Clayton Kershaw. And with a bit more time he might be the one to dethrone the King himself. This was his first ‘full’ season since returning from the surgery, and damn was it a good one. In his 182.1 innings this year he put up an insane 253 strikeouts, good for a 12.5 K/9. His FIP says he was better than his actual ERA with a 2.29 mark, so how good was he going to be next year when he was REALLY back to full health and stamina?!
I genuinely believed in the kid, as evidenced by drafting for him and trading for him in every single fantasy league I have. I knew I could get Kershaw level stats at a discounted price, so I was buying his whole career. And now, that career has tragically been cut short.
What was he even doing on a boat? Didn’t he travel from Cuba to America on a raft? He should have been terrified of the water and bouyant objects. Curse you, the sea.
Anyway, to continue proving that I am a terrible person, here is my tribute video that I prepared for this young man that we lost far too soon.