Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins' 21-year-old superstar, has concluded his first season in Major League Baseball in spectacular fashion with seven innings of one-run baseball and five strikeouts (including Justin Upton on his final pitch of the year)..
The 21-year-old Fernandez (12-6, 2.19 ERA), one of the top candidates for the NL Rookie of the Year award, not only beat the first-place Braves, he hit his first major league home run in the win. Yet, he was embarrassed? This is why — from admiring his long drive (watch the replay) to spitting at third base during his home run trot to what occurs when he reaches home plate.
Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez hit his first career home run and earned his 12th win of the season against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night. Unfortunately for the rookie, his performance was overshadowed by his showboating during his home run trot around the bases.
When the Miami Marlins announced that Wednesday's contest would be Jose Fernandez's final start of the season, we knew the game would take on more meaning. I mean after all, Fernandez has cemented himself as not only a Rookie of the Year candidate in the National League — as the favorite over Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig — but a Cy Young candidate as well.
Jose Fernandez put an exclamation point on his stellar rookie season on Wednesday night — and cleared both benches in the process. Making his final start of the year before being shut down due to an innings limit, the 21-year-old Marlins phenom not only kept the Braves offense at bay for seven innings, he also clouted a solo homer and drew the opposition’s ire for admiring it.
His first major league home run was a memorable one, but one he wish he could take back — at least his actions. Marlins rookie pitching phenom Jose Fernandez hit a ball out of the park off Braves starter Mike Minor in the 6th inning of Wednesday’s Marlins game against the Braves. There wasn’t much doubt, either–it was a towering shot to left center. The Braves didn’t like what he did next.
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond wants Jose Fernandez to tone down his exuberant behavior.
So Baseball Managers throw hissy fits and kick dirt at umpires, but Jose Fernandez stares at a HR for too long and HE'S immature??— Adam Kuperstein (@AKuperstein) September 12, 2013
VIDEO: Jose Fernandez hits first career home run, styles it and benches clear http://t.co/PNRoTfHRSj— Deadspin (@Deadspin) September 12, 2013
If anyone should've apologized last night it was the Marlins. They're the ones who soiled Jose Fernandez's magnificent season.— Adam Kuperstein (@AKuperstein) September 12, 2013
Marlins skipper 100 % right about the antics of his star RHP Jose Fernandez -= Should be ROY but must mature! http://t.co/6emqE07nh7— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) September 12, 2013
With Jose Fernandez, didn't the Braves provoke him a little? So isn't he allowed to enjoy that homer a little more than usual?— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 12, 2013
Jose Fernandez's second-half ERA is about half a run better than any other starting pitcher in the majors. http://t.co/hKewTeIJEl— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 11, 2013