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José Fernández among many MLB players lost too soon

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The tragic and sudden death of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández in a boating accident Sunday left his team and his fans in utter shock over the loss of the 24-year-old.

Fernández, who was born in Cuba, became a U.S. citizen last year, his girlfriend had a baby on the way and he had already been named an All-Star twice in his four seasons pitching for the Marlins.

Many echoed Marlins right-fielder Giancarlo Stanton's sentiment Sunday that the star's "time came too soon."

It's a feeling that Major League Baseball is familiar with. Tragedy has struck the sport many times over, leaving fans wondering what could have been if spectacular athletes weren't stolen from the diamond prematurely.

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Sep 20, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
circa 1935: Portrait of American baseball player Lou Gehrig (1903 - 1941), firstbaseman and slugger for the New York Yankees, in his uniform and with his hands on his knees while standing on a field. (Photo by Photo File/Getty Images)
1972: Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photo circa 1972. ( Photo by Louis Requena/ MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1979: Thurman Munson #15 of the New York Yankees bats during an Major League Baseball game circa 1979 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Munson played for the Yankees from 1969-79. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
DETROIT - OCTOBER 07: Pitcher Cory Lidle #30 of the New York Yankees is seen on the field against the Detroit Tigers during Game Four of the 2006 American League Division Series on October 7, 2006 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. According to reports on October 11, Lidle died after his plane crashed into the Belaire Condo high rise building at 524 E. 72nd St. in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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First baseman LOU GEHRIG died at age 37 from the disease that would be named for him on June 2, 1941, after 17 seasons with the New York Yankees. Over those 17 seasons, "The Iron Horse" played in 2,130 consecutive games — a record not broken for 56 years.

For most of those seasons, he followed Babe Ruth in the Yankees' lineup, making up the greatest one-two punch in baseball history. He won six World Series with the Yankees and two American League MVP awards, according to Major League Baseball, and in 2007, he was ranked the greatest first baseman of all time in a national fan vote.

On May 2, 1939, Gehrig took himself out of the lineup because of what would be revealed to be the incurable neuromuscular disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now widely known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He retired 50 days later, leaving a packed Yankee Stadium crowd with the famous words, "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth."

ROBERTO CLEMENTE was killed in a plane crash while en route from Puerto Rico to Nicaragua to assist with earthquake relief on New Year's Eve in 1972.

The 38-year-old's body was never recovered, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Clemente had spent 18 seasons playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, recording his 3,000th career hit in his last game of the 1972 season. He was only the 11th player to do so at the time.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973, during a special election that waived the typical five-year waiting period.

THURMAN MUNSON was also killed at 32 in an airplane crash while he was practicing landing in Ohio in 1979.

The Yankees catcher had been with the team for 11 years, leading it to three American League pennants and two world championships, according to the Thurman Munson estate.

He was named Rookie of the Year in 1970, Most Valuable Player in 1976 and team captain — the first since Lou Gehrig.

LYMAN BOSTOCK, a California Angels outfielder, was murdered four seasons into his career in 1978.

The 27-year-old was shot and killed while sitting in car in Gary, Ind., while on an excursion to his hometown after playing a game against the Chicago White Sox, according to MLB.

Former prosecutor Jack Crawford described the tragedy as "the classic instance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time," MLB reported.

He had the second-best batting average in the American League in 1977.

"The worst ever was just seeing his lifeless body lying there and thinking, 'What a waste.' It didn't get any worse than that," his wife, Yuovene Whistler, told Bob Costas in a 2013 documentary, "The Lyman Bostock Story."

Bostock's killer, Leonard Smith, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and avoided prison, but he was released from a mental facility six months later after being declared sane, according to MLB.

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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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Cleveland pitchers STEVE OLIN and TIM CREWS were killed when their boat struck a pier about 25 miles off the coast of Orlando, Fla., during spring training in 1993, according to a New York Times article from the time.

Olin, 27, was killed instantaneously. Crews, 31, died at the hospital from a fractured skull and other internal head injuries. Each had three children.

Bobby Ojeda, also a pitcher for the Indians, was on the boat and lost four pints of blood but survived. He is now 58.

DARRYL KILE, who pitched for three teams during his major league career, was a St. Louis Cardinal at the time of his death in Chicago, where he was staying ahead of a game against the Cubs.

Before that game started on June 22, 2002, Joe Girardi, the Cubs' catcher, told restless fans that the delayed game had been canceled. "I thank you for your patience," Girardi said. "We regret to inform you because of a tragedy in the Cardinals family, the commissioner has canceled the game today," he said, according to MLB.

What he knew that he couldn't tell the fans was that Kiles had died at age 33 from a heart attack. He had suffered from 90 percent blockage in two coronary arteries near his heart, according to MLB.

The Cardinals struggled in subsequent games until manager Tony La Russa read the team an article in which Kile had recounted the premature death of father.

"I don't think I'll ever get over it, but my father was my best friend," Kile said. "But in order to be a man, you've got to separate your personal life from your work life. It may sound cold, but I've got work to do. I'll never forget my father, but I'm sure he'd want me to keep on working and try to do the best I can do."

According to MLB, La Russa said to the team: "He just told us what we have to do."

Yankees pitcher CORY LIDLE was killed in 2006 when a plane he was in slammed into a 50-story building on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Lidle had told teammates that he planned to fly in his Cirrus SR20 home to California after the Yankees were eliminated from post-season play, according to MLB.

The flight instructor on the small plane was also killed.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigation revealed that the crash was due to a pilot error, but the NTSB couldn't determine whether Lidle or the flight instructor was flying the plane at the time.

Lidel had a 6-year-old son at the time of his death at age 34, according to The Associated Press.

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