Posted: July 29, 2019 12:11 p.m. ET
By: Andy Slater
The sad saga of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has taken another turn.
Fernandez’s family home is being foreclosed on and is set to be put up for public auction on Sept. 23.
This date is actually just two days short of the anniversary of Fernandez’s death. He was killed in a boating accident on Sept. 25, 2016.
An investigation found that Fernandez was driving the boat impaired when it crashed off Government Cut. Two other men on the boat, Emilio Macias and Eduardo Rivera, were also killed.
I spoke to Fernandez’s attorney Ralph Fernandez, who is a family friend, but not related.
He told me Maritza, Jose’s mother, is not penny-less.
However, no one volunteered to save the house, and she doesn’t have enough.
At the time, $401,000 was owed on the mortgage.
Fernandez made it clear that the family has received “zero support from a high-profile person whose tears flowed at the funeral.”
The attorney was likely referencing Fernandez’s agent Scott Boras.
I followed-up with former Marlins President David Samson.
He said, “I know for a fact that Scott has not been in contact with anyone in the family.”
Samson was just getting started.
He added, “Scott having a scrum at Marlins Park saying he misses Jose and thinks about him is miraculously the most disingenuous thing he has ever said and I didn’t think he could keep breaking his own record.”
When learning of Samson’s comments, Boras told me “I don’t even know this Samson character.”
Boras says his office has been in contact “once or twice a week with Maritza for six years.”
“I have multiple employees in Miami in constant contact with her to make sure of her well being,” Boras says, “but legally I cannot comment on finances.”
Samson and former Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria set up a trust for Fernandez’s daughter Penelope.
The trust covers her school. Samson is the trustee and says he’s active in their lives.
Fernandez’s attorney plans on asking FWC to re-open the investigation in the pitcher’s death believing the details found are incorrect.
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