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Jose Fernandez Sculpture Planned to Honor Marlins Pitcher

Image: Jose Fernandez Sculpture Planned to Honor Marlins Pitcher

This is a June 1, 2015, file photo, showing Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

By    |   Friday, 14 Apr 2017 10:22 AM

A Jose Fernandez sculpture is being made for a plaza or in the front of Miami's Marlins Park in honor of the pitcher who died in a boating accident last September, reported ESPN.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria confirmed that a locker also will be set aside in the Marlins' clubhouse to honor Fernandez, ESPN reported.

"William Behrends is doing (the sculpture)," Loria told ESPN. "He did the Willie McCovey and Willie Mays sculptures out in San Francisco. I went through hundreds and hundreds of photographs with the sculptor and gestures of Jose's face to try and make it perfect.

"No one else is going to get involved in a piece of sculpture other than me, right? I've spent 50 years in that world. We're going to cast it in bronze and paint the glove the red-orange that Jose would like, and that will be the only color on it," he continued.

Fernandez, 24, was the ace of the Marlins' pitching staff when he was killed in last year's accident at Miami Beach, MLB.com reported. A two-time All-Star, he was completing one of his best seasons with a 16-8 record and 2.86 earned run average, noted the website.

He led the majors at the time 12.49 strikeouts per nine innings and had a total of 253 strikeouts for the season, noted MLB.com.

"This kind of talent comes along so rarely," Loria told ESPN about Fernandez. "It's like in my other world: painters and artists. I've been close to great artists and great architects, and I view the relationships as special. And I viewed that relationship with him as special."

According to the Miami Herald in October, a toxicology report showed that Fernandez was legally drunk and had cocaine in his system.

The newspaper added that the two other men who were on the boat with Fernandez, Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, were also killed. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office showed, according to the Herald, that Macias and Rivero had alcohol in their system but were not legally drunk. The report said Rivero had cocaine in his blood.

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