Roy Halladay was one of the greatest of his generation, and others are taking time to pay respects
Phillies legend Roy Halladay passed away Tuesday in a plane crash over the Gulf of Mexico at the age of 40. He is survived by his wife Brandy and two young boys Braden and Ryan.
Halladay was an avid flyer and had recently bought the plane found upside down in shallow water.
The Phillies released their statement after the news was released by officials in Florida.
Former teammate and member of the “Four Aces” Roy Oswalt expressed his condolences.
Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard also reached out regarding their former teammate and friend’s death.
Michael Young faced Halladay several times when Halladay was in Toronto and was a teammate during his one season with the Phillies.
Other teammates from the Phillies and Blue Jays also reached out with condolences, including Kevin Frandsen and Roy Oswalt.
He also had a profound effect on the young players in the Phillies organization, whom he often worked with in the offseason to improve their mental workup.
Even those who never played with Doc in Philadelphia or even played baseball talked about how driven and great Halladay was.
Members of the media also expressed their condolences
Halladay was acquired from Toronto for top prospects Travis d’Arnaud, Kyle Drabek, and Michael Taylor. The Blue Jays later swapped Taylor to the Oakland Athletics.
The Phillies will more than likely induct Halladay onto the Wall of Fame next summer in what was his first year of eligibility.
In regards to the Baseball Hall of Fame Halladay was not eligible until 2019 according to the induction rules. It would not be surprising if the Hall inducts him this year posthumously.
Prayers are sent out to Halladay’s wife, sons, friends, and former teammates.