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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is being honored by one of the best known sports publications in the country.
Sporting News has posthumously named Fernandez its National League Comeback Player of the Year.
It’s the first time in 80 years of awards that Sporting News has given one posthumously.
Fernandez was killed earlier this year in a boating accident off the coast of Miami Beach.
“Voting for the award took place among National League players during September, with many ballots submitted before Fernandez’s death in a boating accident Sept. 25. It’s the first time in 80 years that a Sporting News baseball honor has been given to a player posthumously.”
In his first year back after Tommy John Surgery, Fernandez was stellar for a Marlins team that surprised many by remaining in the NL playoff race until the final week of the season.
Fernandez led the league by averaging 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings and was second in the NL with 253 strikeouts.