Roy Halladay to be remembered by Phillies at Spectrum Field

By Digital Media Team, Bay News 9
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 9:59 AM EST

The Philadelphia Phillies will celebrate the life of Roy Halladay today in Clearwater. 

The team will honor the pitcher at Spectrum Field, the Phillies spring training home, at 4 p.m. The gates will open at 3 p.m.

The service is open to the public.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner died Nov. 7 at age 40 when the private plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

“While many will remember him for his success as a major league pitcher, we remember him as an amazing father, loving husband and loyal friend,” his family said in a statement Thursday. “He described each achievement as a team effort rather than an individual accomplishment, a true testament to his character and love for his teammates.”

Halladay pitched for Toronto from 1998-2008 and for Philadelphia from 2009-13, going 203-105. He threw a perfect game in 2010 and that fall pitched only the second postseason no-hitter in big league history.

“He was an amazing coach for many youth teams, always showing patience and encouragement while reminding each child that they all had a role to play, a way to contribute and add value to their team,” his family said. “His love for the game had no boundaries as we often saw him instructing and encouraging the players on opposing teams. Roy was selfless in every aspect of his life.”

Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board has not released any new information on the crash. 

Federal investigators said it could be several days before a preliminary report is released.