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Marlins players will all wear No. 16 in honor of Jose Fernandez

Every member of the Miami Marlins will wear No. 16 on Monday night, according to the Miami Herald, as an homage to fallen pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed early Sunday morning in a boat crash with two other men.

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In their first game since Sunday's shocking news, the Marlins host the New York Mets at 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park. Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves was canceled in the wake of Fernandez's death.

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Adam Conley will take to the mound for Miami, while Bartolo Colon will get the start for New York. Fernandez was originally slated to be Monday's starter against the Mets.

Fans, teammates and opponents alike paid tribute to the life of the 24-year-old pitcher on Sunday. The Marlins' ground crew stenciled his No. 16 onto the back of the pitcher's mound at Marlins Park.

And many other players and teams around Major League Baseball honored Fernandez in their own ways.

MLB stars, athletes pay tribute to Jose Fernandez, dead at 24

Early Sunday, Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez died at age 24 in a boating accident off Miami Beach. Fernandez is survived by his family, which includes his grandmother, his mother and his girlfriend, Carla Mendoza, who Fernandez recently revealed was pregnant with their child.

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Fernandez's fun-loving and enthusiastic demeanor, both on and off of the field, left a lasting impression on not only the Miami sports community but also the sports world as a whole.

Several prominent South Florida sports figures and teams tweeted out their condolences to Fernandez’s family and friends.

>> PHOTOS: Remembering Jose Fernandez

The baseball community also took to social media to mourn the loss of a teammate and competitor that they had grown to respect during his impressive, yet all-too-short four-year MLB career.

>> WATCH: Jose Fernandez reunites with grandmother in heartwarming 2013 video

Fellow National League All-Star and Cuban Yoenis Cespedes paid tribute to Fernandez by taping a Mets jersey with Fernandez’s name and number on it in the Mets dugout. The team posted video of the tribute on Twitter.

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WATCH: Jose Fernandez reunites with grandmother in heartwarming 2013 video

Grab the tissues.

In 2013, the Miami Marlins arranged for Jose Fernandez’s grandmother, Olga, to travel to the United States to see her grandson pitch in the major league for the first time in six years.

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During an interview, Fernandez talked about how much his grandmother meant to him while he was living in Cuba as a child. He showed off a tattoo he got in his mother and grandmother’s honor.

“My mom doesn’t know as much about baseball as my grandma. My grandma is a baseball freak,” he said. The interviewer than asked if he could send his grandmother a message, what he would say. “Everything that I do is for her. I am going to keep working hard and one day, hopefully, she is going to see me here.”

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He was very frank when asked what she would say to him if she were there: “I don’t think she would be here.”

As he talked in front of the camera, his grandmother and mother walked into the room and completely blew Fernandez away.

>> PHOTOS: Remembering Jose Fernandez

The two embraced for some time. “Oh, my God,” he said.

“I wanted to show her everything I did during the season, because she couldn’t be with me,” he said. He also revealed that it was his grandmother who taught him how to catch a baseball.

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Later, Olga witnessed her grandson with the Rookie of the Year award and saw him play baseball at Marlins Park. During the game, Fernandez joked that his grandmother would probably have some pointers for him after the game.

Fernandez died in the early hours of Sept. 25 after a boat he was riding crashed into rocks in Miami. He and the two other passengers died as a result of the crash.

GOP Florida lawmaker criticized for politicized Jose Fernandez tweet

   

A Republican Florida lawmaker was criticized Sunday for politicizing the death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

Matt Gaetz, who represents District 4 in the Florida House of Representatives and is running for Congress, tweeted shortly after it was confirmed that the 24-year-old Fernandez had died in a boating wreck early Sunday off Miami Beach.

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“To all who will kneel during the anthem today — just remember how Jose Fernandez risked his life just for the chance to stand for it,” Gaetz tweeted Sunday morning,referring to the Cuban native’s efforts to reach the United States from the communist island country. The tweet referenced the trend of professional athletes — following the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who kneel in protest during the national anthem. 

To all who will kneel during the anthem today - just remember how Jose Fernandez risked his life just for the chance to stand for it— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 25, 2016<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Fernandez escaped Cuba in 2007 after serving jail time for three failed attempts to leave the country. On his fourth try, he jumped into the water and rescued his mother after she fell out of their boat.

Lorenzo Veloz, a spokesman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said Fernandez was one of three men who died in the boating accident.

Twitter users reacted swiftly to Gaetz’s tweet, with sports commentator Keith Olbermann calling the candidate a “cheap exploitative humanoid scumbag.”

.@mattgaetz Delete your account, you cheap exploitative humanoid scumbag.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 25, 2016<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Gaetz responded later to other posts, tweeting that “My point is that while America remains imperfect, so many do so much to enjoy our freedoms. Seems ungrateful to kneel. Just my opinion.”

He later tweeted that he wished “the national discussion was more productive on this stuff.”

In his first tweet after hearing the news of Fernandez’s death, Gaetz said he was “crushed” by the news.

I just saw the news on Jose Fernandez. As a Marlin fan, a Floridian and an admirer of the Cuban-American experience I am crushed.— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 25, 2016<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Fernandez was finishing his best major league season, going 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA. He was an all-star for the second time.

He was set to start Monday's Marlins game against the Atlanta Braves.

Gaetz won the GOP primary for his district Aug. 30.

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez shared baby news just before his death

Just five days ago, Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez posted a picture of his girlfriend, Carla Mendoza, on Instagram, announcing that they would be having a baby together. 

The black and white photo shows Mendoza holding her growing stomach while in a bikini on the beach. 

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"I'm so glad you came into my life. I'm ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst."

I'm so glad you came into my life. I'm ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst A photo posted by Jose Fernandez (@jofez16) on Sep 19, 2016 at 8:23pm PDT

Authorities in Florida say Fernandez was not wearing a life vest when he was killed in a boating crash off Miami Beach early Sunday.

An official from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told reporters that Fernandez was with two friends when the 32-foot SeaVee that they were traveling in hit rocks and capsized during a boating trip.

Related: Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez death: 5 things to know

Lorenzo Veloz of the fish commission said the boat was found upside down. Two bodies were found under the vessel and one was found in the water by divers.

The boat was traveling full speed and was demolished. There was no evidence of alcohol or illegal substances being a factor in the crash.

The Miami Marlins released a statement about Fernandez's death saying that they are "devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez."

"Our thoughts and prayer are with his family at this very difficult time,” the statement read.

Photos: Remembering Jose Fernandez

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez death: 5 things to know

The death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has rocked the world of Major League Baseball. The 24-year-old died in a boating accident off the coast of Miami Beach, Florida, early Sunday.

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Here are 5 things to know about the death of Jose Fernandez:

Speed may have been a factor in the accident

"It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Lorenzo Veloz said in a press conference Sunday morning, The Palm Beach Post reported. The boat was travelling at a high rate of speed when it hit the jetty.

Veloz said the jetty was not visible.

The time the crash occurred is not clear

Officials said the boat, a 32-foot Sea Vee Center Console, was seen overturned on a rock jetty off the coast of Miami Beach. It was found by a Coast Guard crew.

Video surfaced Sunday on social media showing the aftermath of the fatal crash.

JUST FOUND OUT THIS WAS A FATAL ACCIDENT LAST NIGHT THAT KILLED MARLINS PITCHER JOSE FERNANDEZ AND 2 OTHERS ! RIP AND CONDOLENCES TO THEIR FAMILIES! A video posted by THE SHARK HUNTER (@marktheshark) on Sep 25, 2016 at 5:39am PDT <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

"At 3:40, 3:50, approximately, a.m. this morning, the Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue fire boat received a call about a capsized vessel in the vicinity of government cut," said Capt. Leonel Reyes, of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Marine Services Bureau.

"The vessel has traveled several times in this area, so that person was obviously very aware of where they were," Veloz said, adding that there are no lights in the area.

"I have stopped that boat before for safety inspections with other Marlins players on board, so we know that this boat knows this area," Veloz said. "We just can't answer why this happened."

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Fernandez was not driving the boat

Fernandez was a passenger on the boat. He never drove it, Veloz said. The person who drove the boat was a friend of Fernandez, whom Veloz said is "very well connected with several Marlins players." Reyes said two bodies were found underneath the vessel and another was found in the water on the southside of the jettys.

Family members identified the two other people killed as Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias, WSVN reported. Macias' father works for the Miami-Dade Police Department, according to the news station. Both Rivero and Macias graduated in 2009 from G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School in Miami.

Fernandez was not wearing a life jacket

Veloz said none of the three men on the boat were wearing life jackets, including Fernandez, The Palm Beach Post reported. The other two men on the boat, whose ages ranged from 24 to 27, were "personal friends" of the pitcher.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been involved

"Alcohol, as of right now, was not involved, or no other illicit drugs were found on the vessel," Veloz said. An autopsy will determine if any drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has died

Mariners suspend catcher Steve Clevenger for rest of season over BLM tweets

The controversial tweets of Mariners’ reserve catcher Steve Clevenger have led to his suspension.

Clevenger was suspended for the rest of the season without pay Friday for tweets made this week regarding a recent police shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Black Lives Matter movement which many found to be offensive.

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Clevenger’s Twitter account is currently private. Screen shots of the tweets showed Clevenger made disparaging comments about protesters, tweeting, “Keep kneeling for the Anthem” and “BLM is pathetic once again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!”

Clevenger was informed of the suspension on Friday. He will lose 10 days' pay from his $516,500 salary in the major leagues, which comes to $28,224, according to The Associated Press.

The Major League Baseball Players Association could challenge the suspension, but has not yet commented on the case.

Mariners Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Dipoto released a statement Thursday afternoon:

“The Seattle Mariners are very disappointed at the tweets posted on Steve Clevenger’s account. While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments. We are currently examining all internal options that are available to us as we determine appropriate next steps. We will have no further comment at this time.”

On Thursday night, MLB on FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal shared a statement from Clevenger, who apologized for "the distraction my tweets on my personal Twitter page caused when they went public.”

"I am sickened by the idea that anyone would think of me in racist terms," continued Clevenger's statement. "My tweets were reactionary to the events I saw on the news and were worded beyond poorly at best and I can see how and why someone could read into my tweets far more deeply than how I actually feel."

Statement from Steve Clevenger    "First and foremost I would like to apologize to the Seattle Mariners, my teammates,...Posted by Ken Rosenthal on Thursday, September 22, 2016

Clevenger appeared in 22 games for the Mariners this season. He has been on disabled list with a fractured hand since June 30. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Dodgers pay tribute to longtime broadcaster Vin Scully

The Dodgers paid tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully on Friday, and a crowd of 52,320 roared its approval during an hourlong ceremony on his appreciation night before Los Angeles’ 5-2 victory against Colorado.

Scully, holding hands with his wife, Sandi, walked from the dugout to home plate for a ceremony honoring his 67 years in the Dodgers’ broadcast booth. The 88-year-old Scully is retiring next weekend after Los Angeles concludes its regular season in San Francisco.

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"Hi everybody and a very pleasant good evening to you," Scully said in his signature greeting. "I thought I'd get that out of the way right away."

Scully thanked Dodger fans for making him feel like a child again.

"When you roar, when you cheer, when you are thrilled for a brief moment I'm 8 years old again," he said. "You have allowed me to be young at heart. I owe you everything."

The first 50,000 fans in attendance received a typed letter signed by Scully containing recollections from his career, which began in Brooklyn with the Dodgers and continued when the team moved west to California for the 1958 season.

"You were simply always there for me," Scully wrote. "I have always felt that I needed you more than you needed me and that holds true to this very day. I have been privileged to share in your passion and love for this great game."

Actor Kevin Costner, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw were among the speakers paying tribute to Scully.

Scully joked that he is often asked about his future. He turns 89 in November.

"I'm going to try to live," he said. "I'm looking for a much smaller house and a much larger medicine cabinet."

Dodgers chairman Mark Walter, former owner Peter O'Malley and former managers Tom Lasorda and Joe Torre, now an MLB executive, were among those on hand. O'Malley's father, Walter, first owned the team and was instrumental in bringing the Bronx-born Scully west when the Dodgers relocated to the vast Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Walter said the team would add Scully’s name to the stadium “ring of honor,” next to the retired numbers. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gave Scully a key to the city. Manfred said the league would donate $50,000 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation in honor of Scully.

Costner starred in the 1999 baseball movie "For Love of the Game," in which Scully narrated the play-by-play of his character's perfect game.

"We're all taking deep breaths, Vin," Costner said. "We're all struggling with our own emotions as we admit we're down to our last three outs with you. You're our George Bailey and it has been a wonderful life. You can't blame us for trying to hold on to you for as long as we can. And shame on us if you ever have to pay for another meal in public."

At the end of the tributes, Scully returned to the microphone.

"It's time for Dodger baseball," he said.

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