RIP: Roy Halladay
07 Nov
Not in Hall of Fame
It is a very sad day for many baseball fans.

Hours ago, former Pitcher Roy Halladay passed away in a plane crash. Halladay was flying his single-engine plane over the Gulf of Mexico and was the only one in the aircraft. He was only 40 years old.

A two-time Cy Young Award winner, Halladay would win that coveted award in both leagues. Splitting his career between the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, Halladay retired in 2013 with a record of 203 and 105 with 2,117 Strikeouts. An eight time All Star, he pitched a perfect game in 2010 and followed up with a no-hitter in the post season.

Halladay is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.

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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2017-11-10 00:45
Very shocking and very sad. So young. He left a wife and two sons.

Roy Halladay's father was a pilot, which was his inspiration to learn to fly. Contractuall y, he had to wait until he retired from baseball before he could learn to fly and own his own plane, probably a result of Cory Lidle's 2006 small-plane crash in New York City.

Halladay's ICON A5 amphibious plane had been described as a "Jet Ski with wings" and was seen as being much more of a recreational vehicle (like an ATV) than even a kit plane. Six months before Halladay's fatal crash, ICON's lead engineer/tes t pilot and director of engineering were killed in an A5 crash in California, also at a low altitude. The cause was attributed to pilot error. A month before that, another A5 was lost during a "heavy landing" in Florida, also attributed to pilot error although both the pilot and his passenger escaped uninjured.

And because of Roberto Clemente's death in a December 1972 plane crash, in a chartered DC-7 ferrying aid packages to victims of a huge earthquake in Nicaragua, the Baseball Hall of Fame waived its five-year eligibility requirement for players who have been deceased for at least six months.

We'll see whether the Hall invokes this waiver for Roy Halladay. He is slated to be on the 2019 ballot, and in my estimation he is a certain Hall of Famer.

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