The Major League Baseball world was rocked by the news of the sudden death of star pitcher Jose Fernandez. The Miami Marlins ace was killed, along with two other people, in a boating accident early Sunday morning. The Marlins announced Fernandez's death and cancelled their scheduled Sunday afternoon game with the Atlanta Braves. The 24-year-old Cuban-born pitcher defected to the United States in 2008 to chase his MLB dream.

Fernandez touched many

Members from the baseball community were quick to share their condolences for those close to Fernandez.

Former Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez said he was heartbroken in a tweet he shared late Sunday morning:

Fellow Cuban Jose Iglesias was too grief-stricken to play for the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. He shared his thoughts about his friend with the Detroit News.

“He’s a guy who left everything behind to make a dream come true and it ended so quickly,” Iglesias said.

In a press conference Marlins manager Don Mattingly was brought to tears when he described his young pitcher.

"When I think of Jose, it's going to be thinking of that little kid. I see such a little boy in him with the way he played. There was just joy with him when he played," Mattingly said.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said he was devastated and shared a picture on Twitter of the two laughing while playing in Miami.

A big impression, in a short time

Fernandez broke into the majors in 2013 and was an All-Star in his first season.

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In 28 starts he has an earned run average of 2.19 and he finished third in the National League Cy Young Award balloting and won the N.L. Rookie of the Year Award. Tommy John surgery cost Fernandez big chunks of the 2014 and 2015 seasons, but in the handful of games he pitched in each season he still had an ERA of less than 3.00.

This season he helped keep the Marlins in playoff contention by winning 16 games and striking out 253 batters in just 182 innings pitched. One of his best performances of the season came on Tuesday against the front-running Washington Nationals in which he went eight shutout innings while striking out 12.

He was supposed to start on Monday against the New York Mets.

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