Just a day after writing an article about one of this year’s Cy Young Award finalists, Clayton Kershaw, troubling news has broken that former 2x Cy Young Award winner, Roy Halladay, has passed away in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. This news brought me to complete shock when I heard. I spent the majority of my childhood watching him dice up the Sox when he pitched in Toronto in some of his prime years, which was truly a treat. And it’s sad to see him gone so young.
The game has lost a few aces in the past few years to tragic, sudden deaths, such as Jose Fernandez and Yordano Ventura, and Nick Adenhart. Today, the game sees a recently retired great gone too soon.
Just how great was he? Doc spent the first 8 seasons of his career with Toronto, and the final two with the Phillies, and in that time, Halladay led the league in Innings Pitched four times and led the league seven times in complete games. The true definition of a top of the rotation workhorse, and a true ace, Halladay made eight All-Star teams in his 10-year career, 6 with Toronto and 2 with the Phillies. Roy won two Cy Young Awards, one in 2003 in the AL and one in 2010 in the NL. He threw not one, but 2, no-hitters, including a perfect game on May 29, 2010, against the Marlins; and, a no-hitter on Oct. 6, 2010, against the Reds in Game 1 of the NL Division Series. An absolute beast to say the least, it was a pleasure to watch Doc take control of a game.
Ironically enough, like Kershaw, Halladay had some great accolades and awards to his name, but no rings. However, also like Kershaw, these two guys are no doubt Hall of Famers and will be remembered as two of the greatest pitchers to ever take the mound in the MLB.
The game lost one of its best today, Roy Halladay is gone too soon. Prayers go out to him and his family. He’ll be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for showing me how much control a pitcher truly can have over a baseball game.