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Street named for Fernandez

One early sign of Jose Fernandez's lasting legacy will be a literal one.

Miami-Dade County commissioners approved a proposal Tuesday to rename the portion of 17th Avenue near Marlins Park "Jose Fernandez Avenue" in honor of the Marlins pitcher and Alonso High product who died in a Sept. 25 boat crash that also killed two of his friends.

Bruno Barreiro, the District 5 commissioner who represents Little Havana, sponsored the resolution. He said he decided to push for the street naming even after autopsy results released Saturday revealed the 24-year-old Fernandez was legally drunk and had cocaine in his system when he died.

The crash — which also killed 27-year-old Emilio Macias and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero — is under investigation, and officials have not determined who was driving Fernandez's boat when it crashed into a jetty off Miami Beach.

"I thought long and hard about the issue, but I felt (Fernandez's) life, all the good things he did throughout his life, overweighed this unfortunate situation at the end," Barreiro said.

CLOSER ARRESTED: Mets closer Jeurys Familia was arrested on a domestic violence charge Monday, according to the police complaint from the Fort Lee (N.J.) municipal court.

RAYS NOTES: Trung Cao, 50, was promoted to strength and conditioning coordinator, replacing Kevin Barr, after 12 years at the minor-league post. … Right-hander Brent Honeywell will start, right-hander Diego Castillo will be in the bullpen and Jared Sandberg will manage in the Arizona league's Fall Stars Game on Saturday (8 p.m., MLB Network).

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

Street named for Fernandez 11/01/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 8:58pm]
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