Major League Baseball could consider honoring the life of Jose Fernandez by creating a spirit award in his memory, suggests FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Something for MLB to consider: A Jose Fernandez spirit award, presented to the player who best exemplifies love and passion for the game.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 26, 2016
Fernandez was known for his personality on and off the field and often made clear how much he loved the game of baseball. His enthusiasm and appreciation were among the things discussed after the Miami community learned of his passing Sunday morning.
Creating such an award might be challenging because of its subjective nature. However, opting to have players and coaches vote on the recipient might make it realistic.
Awarding one individual from each league appears to be the ideal scenario as it relates to Rosenthal’s idea.
On a local scale, the Marlins could consider retiring Fernandez’s number.
While the Marlins didn’t play Sunday afternoon, they will face the Mets on Monday night. Fernandez was scheduled to pitch against New York after Miami changed his work schedule.