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6-year-old's Fernandez story leaves Marlins clubhouse in tears

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As the baseball world continues to mourn the sudden loss of Jose Fernandez, new stories have emerged about how widespread the young pitcher's influence really was.

Miami Marlins catching coach Brian Schneider circulated this image of a story his 6-year-old son wrote in his kindergarten class on Monday. Holden Schneider "adored the late Marlins ace and followed him around like a puppy," according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

"My kids just gravitate to Jose,'' Schneider said. "After batting practice on Saturday, I didn't see Holden for a half-hour or 45 minutes. He was out there on the field with Jose. Here's this little boy who doesn't know any different, and everybody knew how much he looked up to Jose.

"Guys told me they were doing good, and then they read that, and they started to tear up. And when I read it, I teared up too.''

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