Miami Marlins owner Jeffery Loria is working with sculptor William Behrends on immortalizing the late Jose Fernandez with 9 or 10 foot statue to be placed outside Marlins Park. Behrends previously made the sculptures of San Francisco Giants legends Willie McCovey and Willie Mays.
Loria, who was recently interviewed by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, asked why the statue would be so tall, Loria replied “Because Jose was larger than life.”
The sculpture won’t be done for about six months, but “it’s something Jeffery wanted to do personally for Jose and his family and his fans, just to have something that will permanently represent what Jose was and who he was.”
The Marlins are remembering Jose this season with a “16” patch over their heart this season. In the clubhouse they have put glass over his locker, which still contains some of his equipment.
Jose Fernandez's locker inside Marlins clubhouse pic.twitter.com/hk2BVwf3ai
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The two time all-star made his debut in 2013 and finished with a career record of 38-17 with an ERA of 2.58 in 471.1 innings. He missed 15 months between 2014-’15 due to Tommy John surgery.
Fernandez and two friends were killed in a boating accident in Miami Beach in the early morning of September 25, 2016.