Nothing was the same after José Fernández tragic dead in 2016. Although the last season Marlins were full of potential, as they had Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon and J.T. Realmuto. In the paper, it looks like a team capable of doing amazing things in the future.
Christian Yelich covers a lot of ground in this interview. He's giving Dan Straily a pass, and he has faith that Derek Jeter can get it done in Miami. He also thinks "everything changed'' for the #Marlins after the death of Jose Fernandez in 2016. https://t.co/cvrXcCAghS— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) 20 de febrero de 2018
But with the 2018 season just a month ahead, only Realmuto remains in the team and is probably going to be traded. The Marlins are now immersed -again- in a rebuilding process, as they changed of owners and get rid off star players.
Christian Yelich himself, now with the Brewers, believes that all changed in the Marlins following José Férnandez death, as he told to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick :
From talking to the guys there - the guys who got traded and some of the guys who are still there - the consensus from our clubhouse is that everything changed after the tragedy with Jose... I think everybody figured our window to win was with him. You have a bona fide ace, a No. 1 starter, and you kind of have something there with that. It's nobody's fault what happened. It's a tragedy in every sense of the word.
José Fernandez was on his way to be a legendary pitcher, as he had a career record of 38-17 with an ERA of just 2.58 and 589 strikeouts over 471 1/3 IP. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was twice an All-Star. But tragically, his life was cut short in a boat accident on September 25, 2016. He was just 24 at the time of his death.