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Marlins' manager sobs as he remembers José Fernández's infectious joy

His voice quivered and his eyes welled, but in a moment of sorrow, Marlins Manager Don Mattingly thought about joy.

Mattingly recalled the passion and joy of the team's star pitcher José Fernández at a press conference Sunday following his sudden death. The 24-year-old right hander died earlier that morning after a boating accident in Miami Beach.

SEE ALSO: José Fernández shared baby news on Instagram just before his death

"I see such a little boy in him," Mattingly said, holding back tears. "The way he played, there's just joy with him when he played and when he pitched."

Mattingly's sentiment echoed that of the baseball world. Fans and fellow players mourned Fernández's loss on social media, recalling his love for the game, as well as the joy others had while watching him play.

See photos of José Fernández through the years:

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Sep 9, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) celebrates their 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Jose Fernandez #78 of the Miami Marlins poses during Photo Day on Friday, February 22, 2013 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 14: Pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins looks on during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on April 14, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 2-1. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 08: Pitcher Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins smiles against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on April 8, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Braves defeated the Marlins 2-0. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 4: Pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies in a MLB baseball game on May 4, 2013 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 2-0. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 16: Pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins laughs during a MLB game against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on May 16, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 13: Rob Brantly #19 of the Miami Marlins and teammate Jose Fernandez #16 celebrate a 2-1 win over the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on July 13, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Steve Mitchell/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: David Wright (R) of the New York Mets walks off the field with Jose Fernandez (C) of the Miami Marlins and Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies after Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on July 15, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 8: Pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins looks on during a MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on July 8, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 19: Pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Marlins Park on August 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Marlins defeated the Dodgers 6-2. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 06: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins pitches during a game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on September 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 24: Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez throws his hat off during batting practice prior to a game against the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park on August 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jason Arnold/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 25: Pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins hugs a dinasour on the field prior to the Colorado Rockies playing against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 25, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Rockies defeated the Marlins 3-2. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 13: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins hands the keys back to the Phillie Phanatic after stealing them before the start of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 13, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins jokes with teammates prior to his team playing against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on September 23, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 4-0. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandezs mother Maritza Fernandez and his grandmother Olga Fernandez attend Opening Day, as Miami faces the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park in Miami on Monday, March 31, 2014. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 08: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins laughs during the fourth inning of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on April 8, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on July 9, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins after the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on July 9, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 02: Pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins pitches during a MLB game against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park on August 2, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 22: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins reacts at second base after hitting a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 22, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 02: Adeiny Hechavarria #3 fist-bumps Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins after the game against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park on August 2, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Family of Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins hold up signs with his face during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on September 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Fernandez is trying to improve to 17-0 at home, a Major League record. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 04: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins looks on during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park on May 4, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Giancarlo Stanton #27 is congratulated by teammate Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins after the final round during the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Petco Park on Monday, July 11, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)
Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and second baseman Dee Gordon celebrate after they scored on a two-run RBI single by left fielder Christian Yelich in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 24: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins reacts during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Marlins Park on August 24, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins celebrates in the dugout with hitting coach Barry Bonds during the game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on September 20, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the New York Mets during the third inning of a game at Citi Field on August 29, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 2: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins sits in the dugout after being removed in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 2, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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"You just see that little kid that you see when you watch kids play little league," Mattingly said. "That's the joy that José played with."

A Coast Guard crew found Fernández on a 33-foot boat overturned on a jetty around 3:30 a.m. He was scheduled to pitch Monday for the Marlins, who canceled their series finale against the Braves on Sunday.

RELATED: Twitter reactions to José Fernández's death:

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Such sad news about Jose Fernandez. His passion and charisma for this game was 1 of a kind. #RIPJoseFernandez. The game will never forget u.
One of the best moments in baseball. #RIPJoseFernandez https://t.co/6Kbj9ILlww
I am heartbroken right now... RIP my man, your kind heart and smile will never be forgotten... #RIPJoseFernandez https://t.co/4pKC9EOeKI
There's a saying about no crying in baseball but I have a feeling that's not applicable for today 😢😢#RIPJoseFernandez
Heroes get remembered but legends never die. #RIPJoseFernandez
Unbelievable... thoughts and prayers go out to Jose Fernandez's friends and family. #RIPJoseFernandez
Prayers for Jose Fernandez & his family. May God comfort his family and give them strength during this time. #RIPJoseFernandez
Sick to my stomach. Can't believe this. #RIPJoseFernandez
Waking up to the news of the best young pitcher in baseball losing his life, is absolutely gut wrenching and very tragic #RIPJoseFernandez
Sending some love to the great city of Miami today, who tragically lost one of their favorite sons.… https://t.co/TKpDr8XMpG
Absolutely shocked, what a true tragedy. Would have accomplished great things and took this game we love to another stage. #RIPJoseFernandez
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