Happy Birthday Jose Fernandez!
The Miami Marlins phenom turns 22-years old today.
He stormed into the league early in the 2013 baseball season and he quickly became a name getting national attention. Jose Fernandez has the ‘IT’ factor.
During his rookie campaign, Fernandez made 28 starts, going 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA. In 172 innings of work, Jose stuck out 187 batters while walking just 58. He averaged 9.7 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched and also had a WHIP of .979.
Best of all, the city of Miami embraced him. Surely part was due to his Cuban heritage. But, he also displays an obvious love for the game as the smile he sports both on the mound and in the dugout were captured quite often on television. Often the first player out of the dugout to celebrate wins and start walk-off celebrations, Fernandez’s joy of the sport spread through the team’s clubhouse as the Marlins had some of the most exciting end-of-game celebrations led by #16.
As he prepares to battle back from Tommy John surgery so he can reclaim his spot as the team’s ‘Ace’ during the 2015 baseball season, ’30-YOC’ wants to wish Jose Fernandez a speedy recovery and of course, a Happy Birthday!