Marlins Players Gather At Ballpark To Grieve Death Of Jose Fernandez

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – It was an extremely sad day on Sunday at Marlins Park.

Miami Marlins players gathered at the team’s ballpark to grieve together following the death of teammate Jose Fernandez.

“A lot of words were said, meaningful words and emotion and prayer,” Marlins president David Samson said. “Jose is a member of this family for all time.”

Samson spoke at a news conference, surrounded by more than two dozen players wearing Marlins jerseys — the black ones.

Manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Michael Hill flanked Samson and fought back tears.

“When I think about Jose, it’s going to be thinking about a little kid,” Mattingly said. “I see such a little boy in him … the way he played… kids play Little League, that’s the joy Jose played with.”

The Marlins’ game Sunday against Atlanta was canceled. Their home game Monday night against the New York Mets will be played as scheduled, the team said.

“Deep in our hearts there is a lot of pain,” third baseman Martin Prado said. “Somehow we’ve got to overcome that.”

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