The sports world was shocked and saddened Sunday morning, waking up to the news that Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died in an early morning boating accident.
Dozens of Major League players expressed their sympathies and shared memories of the 24-year-old Fernandez, who was one of the most promising arms in baseball.
That includes Nick Wittgren, a former Purdue pitcher who was Fernandez’s teammate with the Miami Marlins this season. Wittgren wrote a heartfelt goodbye to Fernandez on his Twitter page saying, “I was lucky enough to not only call you a teammate but also friend.”
— Nick Wittgren (@N_Witt) September 25, 2016
Some other Major Leaguers from Big Ten schools also weighed in, including Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber and Rutgers’ Todd Frazier.
Shocked and saddened seeing the news this morning. Thoughts and prayers go out to family, friends, and Miami. #RIPJose
— Kyle Schwarber (@kschwarb12) September 25, 2016
What an infectious smile, love for his family, and passion that he had for this game. You will def be missed my friend. #RIPJoseFernandez
— Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) September 25, 2016