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May 4, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Return of Jose Fernandez

If his recovery remains on schedule, Jose Fernandez will be back on a major league mound between June 15 and July 15. That timetable likely gives fans at least three full months to watch the Marlins ace pitch, which is a spectacle worth the cost of admission on its own. Bonus points if the team is still right in the mix of the playoff race when he returns, and there’s a very good chance of that happening.

When Fernandez is back in a Marlins uniform, all will be right in the world once again. I have no doubt that games Fernandez starts will be among the best-attended games this season, regardless of the team’s position in the standings. Remember Jose’s last start of 2013? The game where he hit his first home run which led to the infamous Chris Johnson/Brian McCann incident? The fans showed up in droves to watch a last place, soon-to-be 100-loss team just because Jose Fernandez was on the mound.

I expect to see every single Marlin Maniac reader at Marlins Park in June or July when Jose comes back. Let’s sell the place out, 37,000-strong.

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