May 8, 2017
The Marlins' Rotation So Far
Eric Roseberry, who writes for our fantasy team, hosts a podcast called On Baseball Writing. Counterintuitively, the topic is writing about baseball. I’m not writing this to plug the podcast (though it’s really good!), but to point out that in January, Eric interviewed Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs. He asked Carson one of his standard questions about how to get started in baseball writing, to which Carson replied: “Start your own dumb blog.”
I’ve put off reading about Jose Fernandez for seven months. He was special to me. I started my dumb blog (nope, not linking to it) in July of 2013, Fernandez’s rookie season. My 108 posts were dominated by three young players: Manny Machado (his first full season), Billy Hamilton (who stole 13 bases as a September call-up), and Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez. I always held a special place for him in my heart. I tried not to miss any of his starts. For me, the numbing news of last September 25 was especially horrible.
I decided to finally revisit that day. I started with Emma Baccellieri’s excellent Marlins team essay in this year’s BP Annual. The articles written on this site by Mauricio Rubio, Cat Garcia, Matthew Trueblood, and Meg Rowley—here, here, here, and here—capture what Fernandez entailed and the pain of his passing. Ben Lindbergh wrote movingly of him at The Ringer. FanGraphs posted a staff tribute and Dave Cameron compiled several great memories. Someday, when I feel I can handle it, I’ll watch the September 26 Marlins game.