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Former Phillies Legend Roy Halladay Passes at Age 40

The Philadelphia Phillies organization (along with the MLB) is mourning the tragic loss of legendary pitcher Roy “Doc” Halladay.  Halladay passed away this afternoon at the age of 40 after his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.  In recent years, Halladay learned how to fly and even bought a plane of his own. Roy was a big fan of aviation, after being raised by his father who was a life-long pilot.

Roy Halladay spent his playing career with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. He was a great pitcher for both teams,  but his years with the Phillies were arguably his best. Many people felt that Roy was the best pitcher in all of baseball for close to a decade, and it is hard to argue with that.

Halladay was a hard-working player who dominated hitters with his excellent repertoire of pitches.  Doc’s impressive accolades include a perfect game against the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins) and a no-hitter in game 1 of the 2010 NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. He became only the second pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter. He also won the CY Young Award in both the American and National League, a rare accolade to achieve. 

 

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Although Halladay didn’t quite achieve his main goal of winning a World Series championship after coming to Philadelphia, he still was excited about the opportunity and dominated in one of the greatest pitching rotations (Known as the 4 aces) the Phillies had ever seen. 

Roy Halladay was a humble superstar athlete. That is extremely hard to find!  He never caused a distraction off the field and conducted himself with dignity and class. He was always willing to talk to the media (if he wasn’t preparing for the game) and always had a positive outlook on the sport of baseball and life in general.  Roy set a great example for the entire team and for the younger players as well. Although he was a huge part of both the Blue Jays and the Phillies success, he never made it about him. 

His baseball career was only part of his life. His off-the-field charitable contributions were great as well.  Anytime you can help those less fortunate, it is important to do so. Doc was always a great family man too.  He loved his wife and kids and it is sad to know that they have to go through the rest of their lives without him.  A loved one will always look down and guide you even when they aren’t physically there to do so. Roy Halladay will do the same for his family.

40 years old is way too young, especially for someone who didn’t have health problems and simply was trying to enjoy life.  It is sad to think that Roy will no longer be with his Phillies family during Alumni Weekend and other various team events and get-togethers.

Halladay is eligible for the 2018 MLB Hall-of-Fame ballot. With all the great accolades on and the field, his legacy will soon be enshrined in the holy grail of baseball, where he belongs.

Author: Nick Eberhardt

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