MLB’s $700K helps fund Marlins’ trust for Jose Fernandez’s daughter, report says

Marlins president David Samson wouldn’t comment on the insurance settlement but confirmed that the Marlins and owner Jeffrey Loria made a significant contribution last weekend to Fernandez’s family.

The focus for us and Jeffrey is making sure Maritza and Penelope were taken care of in the aftermath of such an unimaginable tragedy,’ Samson said.

Although Fernandez, 24 at the time of his death, had $6.5 million in career earnings, his estate is facing negligence and wrongful-death lawsuits from relatives of the two passengers on Fernandez’s boat who also were killed in the accident.

It’s unclear whether the money earmarked by the Marlins for the trust would be protected from those lawsuits.

Earlier this year, Jose Fernandez’s attorney told The Herald that the pitcher’s estate does not exceed $2 million.’

The next stop on MLB’s hat-sales cash grab: Father’s Day (only 19 days away!), then the Fourth of July.

You know the drill: pink for Mother’s Day ’ camouflage for Memorial Day ’ hold that thought.

It’s that last, most recent (and solemn) holiday that finally appeared to move a few players to push back (via UniWatch.com), led by Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy’s sarcastic tweet to start Memorial Day, connecting soldiers [who] died protecting our country and buying MLB-licensed hats to say thank you.

When followers noted that proceeds from the sale of the camouflage-themed gear go to veterans charities, McCarthy questioned: Seems like the sort of thing you’d mention on the product page?

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