Roy “Doc” Halladay – 40-year-old former Cy Young Award winner was killed as his plane crashed off the coast of Florida around 1 PM on Tuesday. According to the Pasco County Sheriff – Halladay’s body was found in the wreckage of the plane that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, he was the sole victim. Halladay had recently tweeted about purchasing a plane saying “I have dreamed about owning a A5 since I retired! Real life is better than my dreams!!”
Halladay was the Toronto Blue Jays first round pick in 1995. He was with the Blue Jays from 1998 to 2009 after which he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. His total win-loss record was 203-105, with an career era of 3.38 – striking out a total of 2,117 batters. He was a 2-time Cy Young Award winner and an 8-time All-Star. He threw a perfect game on May 29, 2010 against the Florida Marlins. On October 6, 2010 in his first career postseason start he pitched a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds – it was only the second no-hitter in MLB postseason history.
The Philadelphia Phillies issued a statement Tuesday afternoon after hearing of the pitchers tragic passing – “We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death. There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden.”
The Toronto Blue Jays also issued a statement Tuesday evening – “The Toronto Blue Jays organization is overcome by grief with the tragic loss of one of the franchise’s greatest and most respected players, bet even better human being. It is impossible to express what he has meant to this franchise, the city and its fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Halladay is survived by his wife, Brandy – As well as his two sons, Ryan and Braden.