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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Inside Roy Halladay’s struggle with pain, addiction

But by 2000, the Blue Jays’ first-round pick looked like a bust. Hitters were teeing off on his fastball, in large part because of the over-the-top delivery he’d learned as a young pitcher, which allowed them to pick up the ball early in his release. His 10.64 ERA during that year remains the highest for any MLB pitcher with at least 50 innings in a season. The next spring, the Blue Jays sent Halladay down to Class A ball—essentially one rung removed from being completely out of professional baseball.

“Personally and mentally, it crushed ‘Doc,’” Chris Carpenter, Halladay’s former Blue Jays teammate, recalls.

Brandy says the team had sent Halladay to counseling to help him cope with failure, and because of his heavy alcohol use. A teammate had expressed concern about how much Halladay was drinking on road trips. Because of his habit of drinking in his room, teammates had nicknamed him “Minibar.”

Brandy remembers Roy sitting on the edge of the bed in the couple’s third-floor apartment in Dunedin, Florida, with tears in his eyes as he told her, “I would jump out the window, but with my luck I’d only break my leg and still have to go to the field tomorrow.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2020 at 03:19 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Report Reveals Details of Roy Halladay’s Risky Final Days

Twelve days before it fatally crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, an Icon A5 flew under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge south of Tampa. The pilot was Roy Halladay III, Hall of Fame pitcher and amateur pilot, turning the 10-minute commute home to Odessa, Fla., from Tampa into a 22-minute joyride with his wife, Brandy, in the passenger seat.

The Skyway clears the water by only 180 feet; FAA regulations require pilots to stay 500 feet away from “any person, vessel, vehicle or structure.” Halladay seems to have found the trick exhilarating: He noted it in his logbook and a few days later tweeted, “I keep telling my dad flying the Icon A5 low over the water is like flying a fighter jet! His response….. I am flying a fighter jet!!”

The day after he posted that missive, Halladay flew the A5 to refuel the plane. Six days later, on Nov. 7, he took off from the lake in his backyard. He flew north, then west, then south. Over the Gulf of Mexico, he twice rocketed into the air and shot back down, almost skimming the water. On his third attempt, at 12:04 p.m., he smashed into the water.

Halladay’s flight under the Skyway days before his death is among the new details to emerge in the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the crash, which was released on Wednesday.


QLE Posted: April 16, 2020 at 01:34 AM | 4 comment(s)
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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Phillies to retire Doc’s 34 on perfecto anniversary

PHILADELPHIA—Roy Halladay provided some of the greatest moments in Phillies history in a remarkably short period of time.

Halladay threw a perfect game. He threw the second no-hitter in postseason history. He won a National League Cy Young Award in 2010. He led one of the greatest rotations in baseball history in 2011, when the Phillies won a franchise-record 102 games. Halladay made a lasting impression on the Phils and their fans, which is why the organization announced Tuesday morning that it will retire his No. 34 on May 29, the 10th anniversary of his perfect game, in a pregame ceremony at Citizens Bank Park.

Halladay died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico on Nov. 7, 2017. Before he died, he often spoke about his love of Philadelphia. It is why Halladay’s family decided not to put a team logo on Halladay’s cap on the bronze plaque that hangs in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., despite spending the first 12 years of his 16-year career with the Blue Jays.

“That whole first year [in Philadelphia],” Halladay said in an interview with MLB Productions’ Danny Field in 2014, “I had to pinch myself every day sitting on the bench, looking at the packed stands and looking around the field at the guys I’m playing with going, ‘Is this actually real? This can’t be real. I’ve dreamt about this my whole life, there’s no way this can be real.’ So it was one of the most exciting times of my life.”


QLE Posted: February 05, 2020 at 12:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
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