Jose Fernandez Newsbeat
Friday, April 24, 2015
Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, a native of Santa Clara, Cuba, become a U.S. citizen Friday and was the keynote speaker during the ceremony for 140 other South Florida residents.
“This is a dream that I’ve had since I was little, and actually achieving it is really amazing,” Fernandez said. “Having my family here and so much support from this amazing country, it’s really fantastic.”
The Marlins presented Fernandez with an American flag that had flown over the team’s stadium….
“This is one of my important accomplishments,” Fernandez said. “I’m an American citizen now—I’m one of them. I consider myself now to be free.”
The new citizens sworn in represented 22 different countries. They heard taped presentations from President Barack Obama and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who was born in Czechoslovakia and became a U.S. citizen in 1957.
Picture of the ceremony here.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
So, Fernandez’s timetable is 13-14 months.
Fernandez was due to throw 24 hours later. But only 30 pitches (no breaking stuff) from a bullpen mound. His surgery was May 16. Marlins general manager Dan Jennings mentioned he has never seen anyone in his 28 years in pro ball attack rehab like Fernandez has, and the blueprint has Fernandez back in the majors sometime from mid-June to mid-July.
Monday, February 09, 2015
Dan Haren is ready to be part of the Marlins’ rotation and ace Jose Fernandez could be back as early as June 15, according to general manager Dan Jennings.
Posted: February 09, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
Monday, December 01, 2014
Checking in on some future Toronto Blue Jays.
In their effort to keep their better young players, the Marlins also have made long-term offers to outfielder Christian Yelich and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, and they’re due to make an offer early this week to outfielder Marcell Ozuna. Perhaps their chances to extend one or more of those fine players is somewhat better than it is with Fernandez, who thus far hasn’t suggested any inclination to do such a long deal so early in his career.
The Marlins love Fernandez, a generational type of talent who fits splendidly into the community and clubhouse and put up one of the great initial seasons in big-league history. Miami’s first six-year offer to him also included two team options. The proposal would guarantee that Fernandez would stay in Miami through all of his arbitration years plus two free-agent years. Additionally, if the team options are exercised in years seven and eight, it could potentially keep Fernandez a Marlin until he’s 30.
Marlins general manager Dan Jennings, speaking generally about the team’s efforts to extend these four valued young players, suggested the team has hope to surprise folks, as it did with the record Stanton deal.
“We’ve had some great exchanges. I feel like we’re moving in the right direction,” Jennings said.
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