JUPITER (CBSMiami) – To the surprise of absolutely no one who follows baseball, Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond announced that defending National League rookie of the year Jose Fernandez will be the team’s opening day starter.

The Marlins will open the regular season on March 31 when the team welcomes in the Colorado Rockies to Marlins Park.

“I know he’s excited about it,” Redmond said. “When you think about how far he’s come in the last year, from maybe slated to going to Double-A to starting the season in the big leagues to being Rookie of the Year. That’s a pretty amazing year, and it just keeps going. Opening day starter … it’s a day he’ll remember for the rest of his life.”

The 21-year-old Fernandez, who went 12-6 with 2.19 ERA last season, will be the youngest opening day starter in Marlins history.

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