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:
Phillies statement on the sudden & tragic passing of Roy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/gGhv7JUKv0
— Phillies (@Phillies) November 7, 2017
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:
From 2003-2011, Roy Halladay had more complete games than any other two pitchers COMBINED https://t.co/n6BkkFrfy1
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) November 7, 2017
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.