The baseball world is in shock today as news spread of Roy Halladay’s death.
Roy Halladay, who retired from baseball four years ago, died tragically in a plane crash on Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico at the age of 40.
Halladay appeared to have been flying solo in his ICON A5, a two-seater single-engine aircraft, when went down in the afternoon, Tuesday off the coast of Florida, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco confirmed in a news conference.
No other bodies were found, leading investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board to believe that he was flying solo. His body was recovered in shallow water near some mangroves.
Halladay was a beloved teammate and fierce opponent and it is apparent in the tremendous outpouring of well wishes on social media accounts.
My prayers go out the family of Roy Halladay. He was a fierce competitor between the lines and a considerate friend, husband, and father off the field. His wife Brandy and sons are in our hearts and prayers tonight. #RIPDoc
— Albert Pujols (@PujolsFive) November 8, 2017
— MLB (@MLB) November 7, 2017
RIP Doc Halladay. It was an honor & a pleasure to share a baseball field with you. Fierce competitor, a true ace on the mound. #heavyheart
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) November 7, 2017
Roy Halladay was the consummate professional, dependable workhorse and the pitcher you didn’t want to face. Nicknamed Doc, Halladay played for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1998 to 2009 and the Philadelphia Phillies from 2010-2013. He finished his career with a record of 203-105 and an ERA of 3.38 and 2,117 strikeouts. He was an eight time all-star, and two time Cy Young Award winner.
In May 2010, he earned the sport’s 20th perfect game against the Florida Marlins. You really cannot get any better than perfection.
The world is not the same without him in it. Our thoughts are with his family.