MIAMI, Fla.—Last week the Marlins announced that they will be installing a bronze statue of Jose Fernandez in the plaza of Marlins Park. According to team president, David Samson, the statue of the late Fernandez is expected to stand 9 feet tall.
Many people have taken the time to voice their opinions regarding the statue being erected. A lot of people think it is a great way to show respect to a player that never got to demonstrate his true talent because he passed so young. Others don’t think it is right to memorialize a player who only played in the MLB for four years, playing in only 76 games. Another reason people are against the statue is because of the way Jose died. No one can deny that he was drinking and driving in his speed boat, in the middle of the night, with cocaine in his system, and killed not only himself, but two other people too.
Typically when teams put up statues in memory of a player, it is a player that spent several years with the organization and was one of the best to ever play. When I think of players with statues dedicated to their careers, I think of Michael Jordan, Shaq, and Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball and dies 45 years before his statue was erected. In 60 years, when a little kid is going to a Marlins game and they see the nine-foot statue a Fernandez, they are going to think that he had to be one of the best, when in reality, his career was short lived and although he had a promising future, he made choices that cut his life short.
The Marlins organization has never had a player that deserved statue recognition, so do they want their first one to be erected honoring a player who died in such a controversial fashion.