"José Fernández is myonly child."

In a letter to the Miami Herald Editorial Board,the late Miami Marlins pitcher's mother, Maritza Gomez Fernandez, pours her heart in a letter to fans of the rising star.

"Thanks to this great country that welcomed us, my son achieved his dream of reaching Major League Baseball and becoming a U.S. citizen. He never stopped loving Cuba deeply, but the United States was an inspiration for him," writes Fernandez.

Twenty-four-year-old Jose Fernandez was born in Cuba in 1992. He left Cuba with his mom and sister in 2007 and immigrated to the United States after failing to defect three times prior.

In the letter, his mom thanks her supporters during such a difficult time.

The tragic death of the rising star left thousands shocked when they learned about the news in the early morning hours onSeptember 25. Fernandez and twohis two friends, 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero were also killed in the crash. The news left a huge hole for friends and family of the men.

Fernandez leaves a legacy and a baby behind

In his short career, the Marlins ace leaves a baseball legacy. Two-time All-Star and National League Rookie of the Year. But the biggest legacy the star leaves behind is his daughter. The pitcher and his girlfriend, Maria Arias, are expecting their first child together.

His fans learned about his child just weeks before he passed after he posted a photo on Instagram of his girlfriend's baby bump.

Fans say baseball officials should create an award in honor of the pitcher

Fernandez had a big impact on not just the City of Miami but all of baseball. His passion for the game and his success have many calling on baseballorganizations to create an award to remember the enthusiastic athlete.

ESPN writer, Buster Olney, says one award could be given to any young player during his first years in the big leagues that mirror the late pitcher's spirit.

New details emerge on the deadly crash

Miami-Dade County authorities released new details of the crash a month later. Authorities say a profound odor of alcohol was found on the three men.

The information comes from a search warrantaffidavit obtained by the Miami Herald. Toxicology reports have been completed but have not been released. The crash remains under investigation.

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