Marlins fans, teammates bid farewell to Fernandez

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Miami Marlins fans and players surround the hearse carrying the body of star pitcher Jose Fernandez out of Marlins Park, three days after he and two others were killed in a boating accident. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Marlins fans, teammates bid farewell to Fernandez

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STORY: Teammates carried the casket containing the body of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez to a hearse at Marlins Park on Wednesday (September 28), three days after he and two other men were killed in a boating accident.

The funeral procession got underway at 2:16pm, in homage to Fernandez’ number 16. Fans crowded around the hearse to to pray around his body one last time.

The 24-year-old Cuban-born American was one of the best pitchers in baseball, accumulating a 29-2 record and a 1.49 ERA at Marlins Park. The ceremony at the stadium is the first in a series of services for Fernandez. He’s scheduled to be buried in a private service on Thursday. Marlins’ officials said they will retire the number 16 in honor of Fernandez. It will be the first number retired by the team aide from Jackie Robinson’s number 42, which has been retired by every team in the major leagues.

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