The Miami Marlins are planning to have a large statue of Jose Fernandez displayed at Marlins Park and name a street outside the park in Jose's honor. It's sad he died so young but is it right or wrong to do this? A lot of people are for it and a lot against it... He was found to have cocaine and alcohol in his system after the boat crash that killed him and his friends. I don't think they could prove who was driving the boat but it was Jose's boat. In my opinion, no way does he deserve a statue and street named after him. In addition to that he only played 2 full seasons and part of 2 others with The Marlins due to injury. He put up impressive numbers and was a popular player but even if there was no controversy it's not like he was a long time career hero for the team... Here's a couple of links about the controversy...
He doesn't understand Miami. Everything is named after a dead person. 90% because they were Cubans, 9% because they were cops and 1% because of actual accomplishment. I doubt any of them got background checked. I'm sure somebody's getting paid.
I think they're going to do a compromise and have the statue have "blow" on his top lip to tell a story and honor him all at the same time. But seriously, to answer Shooter's comments, yes he only played for the team for 2 seasons, but other than a man named Clayton Kershaw, he was most likely the most desired pitcher in all of MLB and the Marlins have never had a pitcher of that capability. They did have a phenom in the young Miguel Cabrera and briefly had Mike Piazza...but Jose Fernandez will be remembered as a once in a generation kind of pitcher.