The plane crash death of former Major League pitcher Roy Halladay sent a seismic wave through the baseball world Tuesday afternoon. The 40-year-old former hurler for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies recorded over 200 wins in his career, and is one of just two pitchers in baseball history to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs.
Here is how the baseball world reacted to his death on Twitter.
Major League Baseball tweeted this soon after the Pasco Sheriff’s Office announced Halladay had died:
Former major leaguer Sean Casey, known as "The Mayor" around the league for his friendly demeanor, said Halladay was the "toughest pitcher" he ever faced:
Longtime pitcher Ryan Demster said Halladay was an "even better person" than he was a pitcher:
Halladay’s former team, the Phillies, tweeted this from its official account:
The Toronto Blue Jays, with whom Halladay recorded many of his best seasons, followed suit:
Likely future Hall of Fame outfielder Vlad Guerrero:
Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez:
Roy Oswalt, Halladay’s former Phillies teammate:
Josh Reddick, a member of the 2017 World Series champion Astros:
Mike Trout, widely thought of as the best position player in baseball:
Halladay will become eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019. A two-time Cy Young award winner and eight-time All-Star, he will have a compelling case.