The Miami Marlins will continue to honor the late Jose Fernandez.
Following the move to preserve the former Rookie of the Year’s locker in the team’s locker room, the team will construct a “nine or 10-foot” sculpture that will be displayed outside of Marlins Park in Miami.
Marlins owner Jeff Loria spoke to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick recently, and he revealed the organization has commissioned the sculpture. In fact, sculptor William Behrends has already begun his work. Behrends is known for his work of Willie McCovey and Willie Mays outside AT&T Park in San Francisco.
“I went through hundreds and hundreds of photographs with the sculptor and gestures of Jose’s face to try and make it perfect,” said Loria to the Sun-Sentinel, who is also an art dealer. “No one else is going to get involved in a piece of sculpture other than me, right? I’ve spent 50 years in that world.”
Loria explained the team will cast the sculpture in bronze and “paint the glove the red-orange” saying that’s what Jose would have liked.
“I don’t want to make it kitschy, but that was his favorite thing.”
He also added he wanted the statue to be tall because the two-time All-Star was “larger than life.”
Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in September off the coast of Miami with two acquaintances. He was 24-years-old.