Tragic news to report in the baseball world, as Roy Halladay has passed away at the age of 40 after crashing his private plane.
Halladay, a future Hall of Fame pitcher, won the Cy Young Award twice and was an 8-time All-Star.
We are saddened by the tragic news that Roy Halladay, 2-time Cy Young Award winner & 8-time All-Star, has died in a plane crash. He was 40. pic.twitter.com/SOFv3bOLyt— MLB (@MLB) November 7, 2017
As much as we could put together a stat profile for Halladay, it doesn't begin to state the profound impact he had on the sport of baseball, in particular the cities of Toronto and Philadelphia.
Baseball in Canada reached new heights under 'Doc', who spent 12 seasons with the Jays. He, and perhaps Joe Carter, were true ambassadors of the game for Toronto.
Halladay was known equally for his charitable work in the community as he was as an ace on the mound. In Toronto, Halladay and his wife invited children from the local Children's Hospital into Doc's Box at Rogers Centre. His efforts were eventually recognized, as he won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2008.
He was a frequent nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Roy Halladay was a former nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for work with underprivileged children.— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) November 7, 2017
As for his on-field accomplishments, none were more impressive than the no-hitter he threw in his first career postseason start.
He'll go down as one of the best pitchers of his generation.
The numbers speak for themselves. 203 wins, a career 3.38 ERA, and an uncanny flare for the dramatic, as evidenced by the video above.
Halladay's passion for flying in recent days, as advertised on his own Twitter account, certainly shows he was leaning towards pursuing the craft heavily post-retirement.
He's eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2019, having wrapped up his career in 2013. Surely, we can expect a swift admission.
Roy Halladay was a Hall of Fame level pitcher. One of the best players ever to suit up for #BlueJays. Just 40 years old.— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) November 7, 2017
Halladay is survived by two children and his wife, Brandy. This fact numbs us to the core.
Our thoughts are with the Halladay family during this tough time. RIP to a true legend.