2013 Person Of The Year – Jose Fernandez Of The Miami Marlins



Jose Fernández had a helluva year in 2013. Just a few years ago, Jose was in Cuba trying to make it to America to follow his dreams in baseball. After coming to the country in 2008 by way of Tampa where he attended high school, Jose was drafted by the Marlins in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft. He made his Major League Baseball debut in 2013.

Jose gave life to an otherwise lackluster and maddening Miami Marlins team. While almost the entire city is pissed off at the Marlins back office, Jose was one of the few things that kept true fans at ease.  He ended the season with 12–6 record, and struck out 187 hitters. And he finished the season strong by hitting his first MLB homerun on September 11, 2013 against the Braves’ pitcher Mike Minor (which caused a little controversy by the way). And with that said, Jose was voted the 2013 NL Rookie Of The Year and finish third in voting for the Cy Young award.

All in all, Jose is true example of the ole’ “making it in America” motto. The classic LeBatard interview with Jose Fernandez is definitely a tear jerker and eye opener in the same right. He’s a young, humble kid with his eyes on playing the game he loves and getting paid handsomely for it. He has a bright future ahead of him and we hope the Marlins get their act together so he can be part of the franchise for many years to come.

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