MINNEAPOLIS — When Twins second baseman Brian Dozier woke up Sunday morning, he immediately checked Twitter and saw the breaking news that 24-year-old Marlins ace Jose Fernandez had tragically died in a boating accident.
“I had to read it over and over to make sure I was reading it right,” said a somber Dozier. “It’s a sad thing at such a young age. I’ve met Jose numerous times and he was a great guy and a tremendous competitor. All the baseball stuff, that doesn’t mean anything. He’s just a great guy and all the stuff he went through to get over here, trying three or four times. It just tugs at your heart a lot.”
Teams across baseball held a league-wide moment of silence before Sunday’s games to honor the life of Fernandez, a two-time All-Star, who had immigrated to the United States from Cuba on his fourth attempt in 2005 before becoming a U.S. citizen in 2015.
Dozier had met Fernandez when the Twins and Marlins played in 2013 and again this year. Fernandez didn’t pitch when Miami visited Minnesota from June 7-9, but he started twice against the Twins as a rookie in 2013, including at Target Field in his fourth career start on April 23, 2013.
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