Commissioner Manfred, former teammates, current players remember two-time Cy Young Award winner
When news broke that former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay had passed away in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, the baseball world was grief-stricken, with reactions pouring in on social media. Halladay is survived by his wife Brandy and their two sons.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the franchises Halladay pitched for, former managers and teammates of the two-time Cy Young Award winner, as well as other former and current MLB players, plus those outside the game, have shared their thoughts:
Commissioner Rob Manfred
"All of us at Baseball are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic passing of former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay. A well-respected figure throughout the game, Roy was a fierce competitor during his 16-year career, which included eight All-Star selections, two Cy Young Awards, a perfect game and a Postseason no-hitter.
"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, including his wife, Brandy, and two sons, Ryan and Braden, his friends and countless fans, as well as the Blue Jays and Phillies organizations."
"When I got the phone call and heard the news about Roy I was truly devastated. Roy was one of the greatest pitchers I ever caught and an even better person and friend. I wanted to win more for him than myself. I will miss him very much.
"My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones and all those, like me, who truly admired him." -- caught Halladay's perfect game and postseason no-hitter in 2010 (teammates with Phillies from 2010-13)
"Behind everything he did he had a purpose. I think you come to realize that you have very small, short moments in life to do something great so you have to maximize it. You have to make the best of it. And he did. He made us push to a level that sometimes you didn't think you could actually reach. He made everybody better." -- Halladay's rotation mate with Phillies (2010-13)
"Heart is broken to hear about Roy Halladay. great friend, teammate, father and husband. One of the best teammates ever! You will be missed !" -- Halladay's teammate with Phillies (2010-11), via Twitter -- @royoswalt44net
"I love him and Brandy and I am so sad for her and the kids! We grew up together. Went through good and bad times together. He was an amazing pitcher, competitor, teammate and friend. I have so many memories with him and his family. I will miss him." -- Halladay's teammate with Blue Jays (1998-2002)
"Heart broken- Roy was always the guy I looked up to in little league, in high school, in the bigs. So lucky to have been his teammate. Incredible husband, incredible dad, we will miss you Doc!" -- Played against Halladay growing up in Colorado/teammate on Phillies (2010-11), via twitter -- @SlidersNSaves54
"He was the guy that you aspired to be. You watched the way his boys, when they were around, the way they looked at him. How his boys acted was a reflection of him. They could not have been nicer, and to see how they looked at their dad -- at that time in Toronto, my son wasn't born yet, but it was like, 'When my daughter grows up, I want her to look at me the same way.' 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?'" -- Halladay's teammate with Blue Jays (2005-09) and Phillies (2013)
"Words cannot describe what it feels like to lose a friend like Roy. He was the ultimate teammate with a passion for being the best. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to compete with you, Roy. My heart goes out to Brandy and his boys. RIP Doc, but knowing you, rest is not in your vocabulary." -- Halladay's teammate with Phillies (2010-13)
"Such a sad day. We lost a great ball player but an even better human being. Many prayers to Brandy, Ryan, & Braden. We will miss you Roy." -- Halladay's teammate with Phillies (2010-13), via Twitter --@ryanhoward
"I wanted to be Roy Halladay. I'm heartbroken, rest easy Doc."
"I only own like 5 signed jerseys, and I was so scared to ask him. He wrote that he liked watching ME pitch. What an honor" -- via Twitter, @ithrow88
I only own like 5 signed jerseys, and I was so scared to ask him. He wrote that he liked watching ME pitch. What an honor pic.twitter.com/ufj4G8u5DD
"I'll never forget Aug '13. Doc and I were two months away from retirement. He was hurt, clearly. He was still pitching tho. One day in Wrigley he was throwing 83, and all over the place. I go to the mound and he just said "everything hurts." He wouldnt come out. Always fighting." -- Halladay's teammate with Phillies (2013), via Twitter, @MikeyY626
"One of the best to ever do it. I had a front row seat to watch his greatness. RIP Doc. [Prayers] to Brandy and the kids." -- Halladay's teammate with Blue Jays (1999-2009), via Twitter, @VernonWells10
"Gone too soon my friend!!! Blessed to have shared the field with you as a teammate, competitor, friend and more importantly a brother. Praying for Brandy, Ryan and Brayden" -- Halladay's teammate with Phillies (2010-12), via Twitter, @shanevictorino
"I can't believe it. So many times we competed against each other and even while competing, I wanted to see you! My condolences to his family" -- via Twitter, @45PedroMartinez
Current MLB players:
"In shock over the terrible news about Roy Halladay... a pitcher I grew up admiring & rooting for. Praying for his family & friends. #RIPDoc" -- via Twitter, @MikeTrout
"Honored to have had the opportunity to step in the box against the Hall of Famer Roy Halladay. Sick to my stomach to hear the news #RIP34" -- via Twitter, @redturn2
"Rest In Peace Doc Halladay. One of the best to ever do it. You will be missed." -- via Twitter, @kidkeuchy
"Roy Halladay was your favorite player's favorite player. A true ace and a wonderful person. Heartbroken for those who knew him best." -- via Twitter, @bmccarthy32
"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." -- via Twitter, @ChrisArcher22
Outside of baseball:
"I lost a great friend today. All love Roy!!!" -- via Twitter, @kennychesney