It's a Girl! José Fernández's Daughter is Here


Maria Arias, the girlfriend of the late José Fernández, gave birth to a baby girl on Friday.

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Her name: Penelope, which the Miami Marlins pitcher picked out in August when he first learned the baby’s sex.

Sadly, one month later, the cubano, along with two companions, died in a boating accident.

According to those close to him, he was excited about becoming a father.

"He wanted to know, am I going to be a good father?” Scott Boras, Fernández’s agent, said during the baseball player’s funeral. “And I told him, you’re going to be a great father because you’re going to treat your child in the same way that your mother treated you and you’ll know exactly what to do."

After the conversation, Fernández allegedly ordered baseball gloves in several colors and had “Penelope” written on them.

The Marlins camp welcomed the news of the baby's birth.

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"It's going to bring a lot of peace and happiness to both families and friends, and even us," Marlins third baseman Martin Prado said. "Just happy to see a piece of Jose that is going to grow. She's going to be so blessed."