Eighteen months after his death, the Miami Marlins are reportedly planning to honor Jose Fernandez with a plaque outside Marlins Park, reports David Lang of ABC 10. Broadcaster Felo Ramirez will also be honored with a plaque.
Here are some more details from Lang:
The Miami Marlins are planning to place a plaque outside Marlins Park to honor Jose Fernandez.
According to a team source, the team is currently painting the wall outside Marlins Park that served as a makeshift memorial to the pitcher, who was killed in a boating accident on Sept. 25, 2016.
Fernandez and two others were killed on September 25, 2016, when a boat he was piloting crashed into a jetty off the coast of Miami Beach..
, though some in Miami protested the statue given the fact Fernandez died -- and two others were killed -- while driving the boat intoxicated.
Loria sold the Marlins to a group led by billionaire Bruce Sherman and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter last year. The Sherman/Jeter group presumably decided a plaque was a more appropriate way to honor Fernandez.
Fernandez's No. 16 was retired last year. It was the first retired number in team history aside from Jackie Robinson's universally retired No. 42.