The sport of baseball lost one of its greats on Tuesday. 40-year-old Roy Halladay, who retired in 2003 after a brilliant career that saw him win two Cy Young awards, died in a solo plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. Police discovered Halladay's single-engine Icon A5 on Tuesday afternoon off the coast of Pasco County, he was the only person on the plane.
In 16 seasons in the majors, Halladay spent his entire career with just two teams. He pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1998-'09. Across 12 seasons with the Blue Jays, Halladay established himself as one of the game's best players and an icon in Blue Jays' franchise history. His best season with Toronto came in 2003, when he struck out 204 batters across 255 innings with a 3.25 ERA and nine complete games. He received American League Cy Young honors that season.
Halladay would set the franchise record for most wins in a season by a starter (22) and is second in team history in wins (148), strikeouts (1,495) and third in ERA (3.43). In 2013, Halladay retired with the team he began his career with.
He spent the last four seasons of his career with the Phillies and delivered another memorable year in 2010. Halladay won the Cy Young award that year after he posted a 2.44 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and struck out 220 batters over 250 2/3 innings pitched. Even more notable, Halladay threw a perfect game on May 29, 2010. In that game, Halladay struck out 11 batters and only needed 115 pitches on the night. Just a few months later, Halladay threw a no hitter in the playoffs on Oct. 26. He would make the All Star team as a member of the Phillies twice and finished his career with eight All Star appearances.
In his 16-year career, Halladay finished with a 3.38 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 2,117 strikes and ranks 41st all time in Wins Above Replacement amongst pitchers (65.6). His name will be on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2019.
He leaves behind a wife and two children. The eDraft Sports team sends our condolences to Halladay's friends and family.