The MLB is shocked to its core after learning that Roy Halladay has died in a plane crash. The small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida on Tuesday after Halladay, 40, took it out for a spin. His wife fought vehemently against the pitcher’s purchasing the aircraft, and it ultimately led to his demise.
The two-time Cy Young winner was the only person aboard the aircraft according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The details of the crash are still under investigation and the specifics haven’t come out yet. The investigation will be conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Halladay spent the entirety of his 16 professional seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. He won the Cy Young award twice (once in the AL and once in the NL), was an eight-time All-Star, and pitched a perfect game and the last postseason no-hitter.
During his time in the majors, Halladay was a force to be reckoned with, as he compiled a 203-105 career win-loss record. It’s fair to question whether he will make it into the MLB Hall of Fame, but hopefully one day, the voters will realize his greatness and he will be posthumously selected for enshrinement.
Halladay is survived by his wife, Brandy, and his two sons, Ryan and Braden.