Former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash on Tuesday afternoon, and the baseball corner of Twitter has reacted to mourn his passing.
News broke Tuesday afternoon of a plane registered to former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay crashing in the Gulf of Mexico, and a recovery effort that invites the worst news possible. He was confirmed as the pilot and the only passenger on the plane, and Halladay was confirmed dead at age 40 by local law enforcement.
Halladay retired from baseball following the 2013 season, after making just 13 starts during a shoulder injury-plagued season for the Philadelphia Phillies. He finished with 203 wins, 67 complete games and a 3.38 ERA over 16 seasons (1998-2013) with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Phillies. Halladay was an eight-time All-Star and won three Cy Young Awards (2003-AL, 2010, 2011-NL). He is one of six pitchers to win a Cy Young Award in both leagues, and he was not even eligible for the Hall of Fame yet.
Halladay will be remembered as a throwback ace and one of the last of a dying breed, particularly now with how bullpen use has altered the game and shortened outings for starters. He was also highly regarded and revered by teammates and media as well as current players, and Twitter reaction has been swift and wide to mourn Halladay’s passing.
Halladay was born May 14, 1977, in Denver, Colorado. He leaves behind a wife (Brandy) and sons Ryan and Brayden. He had recently acquired the plane and obviously had an affinity for flying that he pursued with much of the same passion that he pursued being the best pitcher he could be during his career. Prayers go out to his family, friends and loved ones.