By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash on Tuesday afternoon in Pasco County, Florida. Halladay was 40 years old. The plane went down in the Gulf of Mexico around noon today.
His single-engine Icon A5 plane, reportedly a month old, was found upside down in the water. He was the only passenger on the plane.
This is devastating news in the sports world, especially in the baseball community. Despite beginning his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, he was beloved in Philadelphia, Pa. after a 2010 trade.
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As an MLB player, Halladay won the Cy Young Award in both leagues. He won the Cy Young in 2003 with the Toronto Blue Jays, then again in the National League in 2010 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
He retired from baseball in 2013 at 36 years old. He was an eight-time All-Star and even pitched a perfect game with the Phillies in 2010.
He also pitched a no-hitter in his first-ever postseason game in 2010.
He is survived by his wife Brandy and two sons.
“All of us at Baseball are shocked and deeply sadden by the tragic passing of former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “A well-respected figure throughout the game, Roy was a fierce competitor during his 16-year career, which included eight All-Star selections, two Cy Young Awards, a perfect game, and a postseason no-hitter.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, including his wife, Brandy, and his two sons, Ryan and Braden, his friends and countless fans, as well as the Blue Jays and Phillies organizations.”
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In his career, he went 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in 2,749 1/3 innings. With the Blue Jays, he went 148-76 with a 3.34 ERA in 2,046 2/3 innings.
With the Phillies, he went 55-29 with a 3.25 ERA in 702 2/3 innings.
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