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Don Mattingly: Jose Fernandez Played With 'Joy,' Coach Says Tearfully

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Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly reacts during a press conference after pitcher Jose Fernanedez died in a boating accident. (Joe Skipper/Getty Images; Inset: Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 26 Sep 2016 05:02 PM

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly fought back tears as he discussed the tragic death of ace pitcher Jose Fernandez at a news conference Sunday after Fernandez was found dead near an overturned boat in Miami Beach at about 3:30 a.m.

The boat appeared to have flipped over after striking a jetty. Two other people also were killed.

Sunday’s game between the Marlins and the Braves was cancelled out of respect for the team to give them a little time to deal with the loss.

In a press conference about the tragedy, Mattingly shared his admiration for Fernandez and his love for the sport of baseball.

“There’s just joy with him when he played. ... As mad as he would make you with some of the stuff he would do, you just see that little kid you see when ... you watch kids play little league or something like that. That’s the joy that Jose played with. The passion he felt about playing, that’s what I think about,” Mattingly said, according to Fox Sports.

Mattingly struggled with tears several times during his remarks. It is his first season as the Marlins manager.

Fernandez, 24, was from Cuba and was a first-round draft pick for the Marlins in 2011. He won the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award in 2013 and was chosen as an All-Star twice in his brief career.

Just days ago on social media, Fernandez posted news about his girlfriend’s pregnancy with a picture of her holding her baby bump. “I’m so glad you came into my life,” the description read. “I’m ready for where this journey is gonna take us together.” #familyfirst

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Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly fought back tears as he discussed the tragic death of ace pitcher Jose Fernandez at a news conference Sunday after Fernandez was found dead near an overturned boat in Miami Beach at about 3:30 a.m.
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