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More reaction from the Blue Jays, Phillies, Rays and around MLB on the death of Roy Halladay

By Marc Topkin
Roy Halladay pitched 16 seasons with the Blue Jays and Phillies. [Getty Images]

More reaction from around the baseball world to the death of pitcher Roy Halladay, whose two-seat plane crashed Tuesday into the Gulf of Mexico:

From the Blue Jays:
"The Toronto Blue Jays organization is overcome by grief with the tragic loss of one of the franchise's greatest and most respected players, but even better human being. Impossible to express what he has meant to this franchise, the city and its fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Former pitching coach Brad Arnsberg:
"He just had a different level. … The way he attacked and he wasn't afraid of any hitter ever. … This guy knew nothing but to get in there and work his craft better than anybody I ever got to see do it myself. And I got to see it over and over."

INF John McDonald:
"He was the guy that you aspired to be. The family part of Doc that I got to see, I just loved. And then you see this other side, the competitor and the dedication to his craft. I mean, there's such parallels between the professional Doc and the dad Doc. He seemed to want to be amazing at everything. I remember thinking, 'It's awesome seeing both sides of this person and getting to be around him and wanting to figure out, how am I going to be later on in life? Can I be that good? Can I be that good of a dad?'"

From the Phillies:
"We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay's untimely death. There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden."

LHP Cole Hamels:
"My family and I are shocked and incredibly saddened at the news of Roy's passing. To the world, Roy was one of the best pitchers in baseball, but to me, he was an inspiration, a great mentor, teammate, and most importantly, a friend. His preparation and work ethic will forever be ingrained in me. Roy was a man of few words, but he lit up when his boys were around. His family and this game were everything to him and there will never be a day in my own life that I won't miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandy, Ryan and Braden.

OF Raul Ibanez:
"I am deeply saddened and absolutely devastated by the tragic loss of Roy Halladay. Doc was the best pitcher I ever had the privilege of sharing the field with as his preparation, consistency, passion, drive and excellence on the field was unmatched. He was a dominant force on the mound every fifth day and he made all of us better without having to say a word. Doc was a tremendous teammate who never sought out the spotlight, rather he let his greatness on the field do the talking for him. He cared about winning and being the best player and teammate possible. His career accolades speak for themselves but what I most admired about him was his love for his family and his children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this incredibly difficult time."

RHP Brad Lidge:
"We will all remember Roy for his amazing moments on the field, how he dialed it up in the most important situations, how he competed and left his heart on the field every time he took the ball. But he was also an incredible dad, an incredible husband and an incredible teammate. He was quiet and thoughtful, but knew how to be playful. I competed against Roy since we were in Little League together and I will remember him in that way, and as a man. It was a privilege to know him and his family, and to have been his teammate. Our hearts go out to Brandy, his kids and his family."

3B Scott Rolen:
"I'm sick right now. Doc was as driven a human being as I'd ever met in my life. I'm hurting for his family and friends. We all lost a good man."

OF Shane Victorino:
"You are gone too soon, my friend. I was blessed to have shared the field with you as a teammate, competitor, friend and more importantly, brother. Praying for Brandy and the boys, my Ohana and I will do all we can for them in this tragic time. I love you, bro."

Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel:
"Roy was the best competitor I'd ever seen and it was an honor to have managed him. He was not only a great pitcher, but also a great person and a tremendous father. His contributions to the Phillies can't be measured. Roy was like a brother to me and we remained close after his playing days. I'm heartbroken for Brandy and the boys."

Former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.:
"Roy Halladay was most accountable and hardest-working athlete I'd ever been around and while he was the fiercest competitor on the mound, he was also the kindest and most gentle person I've ever known. My heart goes out to Brandy, Braden and Ryan."

From the Rays:
"The Rays are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Roy Halladay. Baseball has lost one of its fiercest competitors. Roy called the Tampa Bay area home, and has long been admired and respected for his work in the community. We offer our deepest condolences to the Halladay family."

3B Evan Longoria:
"All I can say is wow, life is short. RIP Roy Halladay. It was an honor to compete against you so many times. #CyHalladay #RIPRoy"

OF Steven Souza Jr.:
"We lost an MLB legend today in Roy Halladay! My heart breaks for him and his family. #RIPDoc"

RHP Chris Archer:
"Roy Halladay will be severely missed. Had the chance to pick his brain one time. I'm grateful to have come across such a humble man. My heart goes out to his beautiful family. #RIPDOC"

Manager Kevin Cash:
"In baseball, players often get lumped into the cliché of either being a great competitor or the strongest worker, but Roy was at the top of the list for both. People saw on TV how he dominated on days he pitched, but it was extremely inspiring for a young player to see his work ethic on the four days in between. I feel very fortunate to have known Roy. The Cash family is deeply saddened for his wife Brandy and their kids."

From around MLB:

Hall of Famer and MLB Network analyst Pedro Martinez:
"Roy was a special man and a special player, someone that even though I faced a lot, I still wanted to see succeed. It's hard when you're on the opposite side and at the same time be rooting for a guy, but when you know his career, his adversities that he went through and to yet come up to the big leagues and still have success and to overcome the struggles and still be so successful, you have no choice but to root for him. I'm extremely sad for him, I know how much he loved his family and what kind of person he was. This is a hard one to swallow for all of us in baseball. My deepest condolences to his family, his beautiful wife, his two kids. I don't have words to actually say how sad I feel about him."

Angels CF Mike Trout:
"In shock over the terrible news about Roy Halladay… a pitcher I grew up admiring & rooting for. Praying for his family & friends. #RIPDoc"

Dan Plesac, former Blue Jays teammate and MLB Network analyst:
"(Halladay) worked as hard as any baseball player, position player and/or pitcher. He loved his craft, and when he started to relearn his craft with that lower arm angle, when he came back up, to see this different kind of guy, I remember watching his first few starts thinking, "I'll believe it when I see it," because you see a lot of guys try a lot of different things to create movement and create arm angles. It doesn't work all that often. … This is the only guy that I can recall – and I've been since 1986 involved around big league baseball – where a guy completely re-changed his throwing motion. You don't see that very often, and usually when guys do that, they revert back to the old guy because as soon as they stop having success, they starting going back to being what they were. He stuck with it. He and Mel Queen spent countless hours remaking his game, and he was a perfectionist, too. To watch him throw a bullpen and to watch him go about doing his work, there was no messing around. … When Roy Halladay pulled in to the Rogers Centre – then the SkyDome – or in Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, he came for one reason: he came there to work and he came there to win. He's a throwback to guys from the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's. Roy Halladay was the real deal."

Longtime MLB OF Juan Pierre:
"Devastating news about Roy Halladay.The only teammate to beat me to the field! A true beast! Praying for his wife and 2 boys! #RIPDoc"

Ryan Dempster, former MLB pitcher and MLB Network analyst:
"He had a great sense of humor… I sent over a jersey. Sometimes you do that, you have admiration, like I did. I said, "Roy, I'd love it if you could sign a jersey." He said "No problem, send it over." We were friendly, we had respect for each other, we were on different teams. He sends it back over, and he obviously had found out through somebody that I was a big Chris Farley fan, and he writes "Demper: I always enjoyed watching you pitch from my van down by the river." First of all, to know that about me and to have the sense of humor to write that down – it hangs in my house. I have six baseball jerseys hanging in my house and he's one of them. I can't speak enough how much admiration I had. This is an incredibly sad day."

Angels 1B/DH Albert Pujols:
"My prayers go out the family of Roy Halladay. He was a fierce competitor between the lines and a considerate friend, husband, and father off the field. His wife Brandy and sons are in our hearts and prayers tonight. #RIPDoc"?

Compiled with information from the Phillies, MLB Network, mlb.com and Twitter.