World of sports loses a legend and a future star


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Legendary golf star Arnold Palmer dies at the age of 87.

Robert Leveille, Assistant Sports Editor

On Sept. 25, the sports world was met with breaking news on the death of a future star and a legend.

News was released that Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident off the coast of Miami. Fernandez, 24, was a relief pitcher for the Miami Marlins who had a promising career ahead of him.

The Miami pitcher was Rookie of the Year in 2013 and appeared in his first All-Star game this past summer. On opening day during his 2014 season, Fernandez started for the Marlins, making him the youngest pitcher in history to start a major league game. In 2015, Fernandez was hampered by a shoulder injury. This year, Fernandez was relegated to relief pitcher duties as he recovered from his injuries from the previous year.

Fernandez was killed on impact as the boat he was driving crashed into rocks of an un-lit jetty.

The young pitcher was among two other people on the boat that also suffered fatalities. Officials said that there is no evidence of alcohol or drugs being involved.

“Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest,” Marlins owner Jeffery Loria said in a statement. Fernandez was about to become a father, as his girlfriend is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

The Marlins canceled their game after the news broke out. Many teams within the league honored Fernandez with a moment of silence prior to the first pitch of every game.

As the day came to a close, news broke that the sports world had lost yet another person. Arnold Palmer, 87, passed away due to heart failure.

Palmer, known as “The King,” is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of professional golf. Palmer is recognized as a trailblazer, becoming golf’s first superstar as the sport moved into the television age.

Palmer is known for dueling with other golf greats, such as Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, and he earned 95 wins over his 52 year career.

Palmer was instrumental in building the first golf course in the Peoples Republic of China and helped to develop golf courses around the world in an effort to bring diversity.

The sports world was left with heavy hearts in just 24 hours as news surfaced with the loss of a legend in Palmer and future star in Fernandez.


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The Miami Marlins mourn the loss of a beloved friend and teammate.



Robert Leveille
Robert Leveille is a criminal justice major. He is assistant sports editor for The Flyer.

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