Marlins ace Jose Fernandez to become U.S. citizen Friday

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Jose Fernandez has lived the American dream of becoming a Major League Baseball star. Now he will become an American citizen.

Fernandez, who defected from Cuba in 2008, will take part in a naturalization ceremony Friday.

Jose Fernandez throws his first bullpen since elbow surgery in May. Jose Fernandez throws his first bullpen since elbow surgery in May.

Fernandez, who won National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 but this season is recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, will take part in a ceremony in Kendall, according a press release from the USCIS Kendall Field Office:

On Friday, April 24, 2015, USCIS will hold a special citizenship ceremony where Marlins’ pitcher, Jose Fernandez, will become America’s newest U.S. citizen. Hernandez, a native of Cuba will also be the keynote speaker during the event which will naturalize another 140 South Florida residents.

Fernandez will take the Oath of Allegiance among family and friends. The young pitcher came to…

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