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Marlins plan to create permanent memorial for Jose Fernandez

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The Miami Marlins and owner Jeffery Loria are planning on building a permanent memorial to honor late pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a tragic boating accident on September 25. This was first reported by FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Loria and others involved with the organization are working on a plan to create a memorial, but they aren’t sure what that memorial will be yet. The memorial could be a statue or a mound.

Loria said that plans are being made to create a memorial, but he declined to elaborate on the plans, except that it will be “something wonderful.” The fans started a temporary memorial on the West Plaza just hours after he died, and the team continued to use that space as a makeshift memorial.

Along with creating the memorial, the Marlins paid for Fernandez’s funeral. Loria was close with Fernandez, whose vibrant personality and unbelievable pitching ability made him a fan-favorite in Miami. ‘I’m having a rough time getting through this,” Loria said. Loria already announced at the end of the season that they will retire Fernandez’s number.