Pitching Great Roy Halladay Dies in Plane Crash

The Phillies organization confirmed that two-time Cy Young award winning pitcher Roy Halladay died in a single engine plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday. They released the following statement on Twitter:

Halladay was one of the most dominant pitchers of the last 20 years. Between the Blue Jays and Phillies he amassed 203 wins and a career ERA of 3.38 (3.39 FIP). After winning the 2003 Cy Young for Toronto and dominating the next six seasons the Colorado native was traded to the Phillies in 2010. Halladay dominated for Philadelphia winning his second Cy, while throwing a perfect game and then a no-hitter in game one of the 2010 NLDS against the Reds. Baseball Reference also tweeted this out today showing just how dominate a pitcher he was:

A personal note here, I got to see Halladay pitch in 2011 against the Rockies in Denver. Once I had found out he would get a start that series, I was pumped. "Doc" Halladay was one of the best pitchers in baseball history, fresh off a dominant 2010 season. While he didn't pitch well that particular day (probably Coors Field related), it was a thrill to see such a legendary pitcher in person.

Roy leaves behind a wife Brandy and two children. The thoughts of everyone at Cubs Den are with the Halladay family.

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    He was one of the most dominant pitchers of his generation. I was born in 1950 so I grew up watching pitchers start and complete games and he did that as you said above. That's huge for a team--look at the use of bullpens in the last several years and how worn down they become. If you have a pitcher like Halladay that can go deep or complete a game you have a game changer.
    There are 2 pitchers I think of when I think of the Toronto Blue Jays--Dave Stieb and Roy Halladay. For me, he's right on the cusp of HOF. Condolences to his family and friends.

  • They said at the news conference that Roy to most was known as a baseball pitcher, but those in the community as a loving husband, father, and little league coach. Sounds like he leaves a worthy legacy. Big loss.

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