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Jose Fernandez made history with Bob Feller, Doc Gooden

Jul 17, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Jose Fernandez AP AP

Like everything else about last night’s All-Star game Jose Fernandez was overshadowed by Mariano Rivera, but the Marlins rookie had a pretty eventful evening too.

Fernandez was the youngest All-Star pitcher at age 20 and threw a 1-2-3 sixth inning, setting down former MVP Dustin Pedroia, former MVP Miguel Cabrera, and current MLB home run leader Chris Davis in order.

Fernandez struck out Pedroia and Davis, and in doing so became just the third under-21 pitcher in All-Star game history with multiple strikeouts. Via Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, the other two are Bob Feller and Dwight Gooden. That’s some nice company for one of the least talked about young stars in baseball.

  1. sdelmonte - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Prediction: the Marlins will make a run at the division crown in three or four years with all the young talent they have acquired in trades and with finds like Jose. But unlike the Rays, they will not sustain things, and will repeat the aftermath of 1997.

    As usual.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Well, if it brings home a World Series trophy on an average of once every 9 years… you have to decide if you’re a World Series or bust kind of guy, or prefer to root for the perennial contender type of team.

      • sdelmonte - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        I would gladly take once every nine years. That would be a lot more often than I am used from any of my teams (except the NY Giants).

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        Cubs fans are drooling.

      • Old Gator - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        Yes, but that’s just a characteristic of Cubs fans. It has nothing to do with the players or prospects belonging to other teams.

    • nogeeks - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Prediction: they will all be traded for badly-needed cash to wealthier clubs from the Big City.

  2. chill1184 - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I’ll say one thing, for a kid who never pitched above A ball and gets thrown into the deep end of the pool and told to swim he’s doing a damm good job. Says alot about this kid’s skill, considering the fact that doing that to prospects fails 90% of the time.

  3. BPKay - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    And nobody gives him any hype at all because he plays for the Marlins instead of the Dodgers. Every Fernandez outing should be hyped as “This guy will be the ROY”, but instead we talk about how Puig disrespected Luis Gonzalez….

  4. mentalfever - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    sdelmonte, bold prediction considering that is their business model. Also 2003 would fall more in line with what they are doing now. 97 was a different animal.

  5. historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    This post needs some OG.

    • detroitr1 - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      No doubt. If there is one homer fan to legitimately pound their chest for last night, it would be that OG character. Fernandez’s fastball is jaw dropping. He made Cabrera look uncomfortable with it.

      Fernandez is going to get his due real quick.

    • American of African Descent - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      You beat me to it.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      He’s still bitter about getting a bum steer on smoked meat.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        You have failed him, grasshopper.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        Remote viewing at this distance is tricky and it was impossible to read the sign on the door.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        I’m sure you can redeem yourself. You have connections.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        I wouldn’t be so sure – there can be no redemption for the hero of a picaresque

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        Boooo!!!

        /throws smoked meat

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        ten minute rule /eats

      • Old Gator - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        Ackcherley, a friend of mine in Toronto who has the almost inconceivable good fortune of living around the corner from Caplansky’s recently emailed me to report that he was recovering from a Feather Lice loss at that very institution, and commiserating that he would trade the whole damned team for one of their smoked meat sandwiches. I understand completely.

        However, what he has overlooked are the smoked meat doughnuts at Caplansky’s. And the smoked meat hash and eggs they serve on weekends for brunch. O brave new world, that hath such comestibles in it!

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        woo-hoo

  6. Old Gator - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Hello, you’ve reached Old Gator at GRawlix-©!*ƍ?XƢƱɇ™. I’m on Allstar Break and can’t come to the blog right now, but if you’ll leave a message I will be sure to pretend I never got it as soon as I get home.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Hotter and more humid in New Yawk than Miami. And no palm trees.

  7. jimmymarlinsfan - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Kid was dynamite last night. Can’t wait to see what his future has in store

    • Old Gator - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      A trade to a large market team for prospects.

  8. Jason Lukehart - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    It’s too bad Fox couldn’t be bothered to talk about him at all last night, interviewing Jason Grilli during Fernandez’s inning instead.

    • jrobitaille23 - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      so true. I can’t stand Fox coverage of baseball. Their announcers are as bad it gets.

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