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Former Big League Ace Roy Halladay Dies in Plane Crash

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I’m very sorry to share this news:

It’s sad when anyone passes away so suddenly, doing something they love, at such a young age (Halladay just turned 40 this year). But obviously it’s different when we feel some connection to the person – in this case, one of the best pitchers we’ve seen with our own eyes.

For those of us who can remember watching Halladay’s mastery – it wasn’t that long ago, so it’s probably almost all of us – you always thought of him as one of the best of the best when he was at his peak. Halladay was a control and contact-managing master, twice throwing more than 250 innings in a season at which he walked guys at a 3.0%(!!!) clip. We don’t have perfect measurements for the entirety of his career, but from what we can tell, his career hard contact rate was an obscene 23.3%. Good luck squaring up Roy Halladay.

A balky shoulder ended his career when he was just entering his mid-30s, but he is nevertheless a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer in my book when he becomes eligible in a couple years.

Sadly, it will be a posthumous induction.

Much love to Halladay’s friends and family, and to all the fans who enjoyed watching him work.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.