Baseball has lost a fine man and athlete. 8x All-Star and 2x CY Award winner, Roy Halladay perished in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017. He was just 40 years old. Halladay enjoyed a 16-year career (1998-2013) and played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.1 He was a dominant pitcher and known by many has having an army strong work ethic. He will be missed but remembered by many. Our hearts go out to his family.
We lost a Boston Red Sox legend. Bobby Doerr passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the age of 99. The 9x All-Star and Hall of Fame Second Baseman is remembered for his outstanding performance both on and off the field. His career spanned 14 years (1937-1951) and was spent entirely with the Red Sox. He played alongside Ted Williams and was one of the team’s better hitters. Despite missing the 1945 season due to WWII military service, he had a .288 Career AVG and 2042 Hits.2 After his playing career, Doerr spent time as a Scout, First Base Coach and Minor League Hitting Instructor for the Red Sox Organization between 1957 and 1969. Following his Red Sox career, he was a Hitting Coach for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1977-1981.
For collectors, he was a TTM (Through the Mail) workhorse. What this means is he was known for signing items through the mail. He was one of the sports most loved guys and will be missed but remembered by many.
After a 20-year career and 7 different teams, Carlos Beltran throws in the towel. His resume is decorated with all kinds of credentials, which include: ROY (1999), 9x All-Star, 3x Gold Glove, 2x Silver Slugger, and a WS ring (2017).3 He is a member of the 30-30 club (30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season). Beltrán was a favorite among many and we thank him for his memorable service in the sport of baseball.
Aaron Judge & Cody Bellinger:
2017 was an exciting year in baseball. We saw raw talent from two new guys: Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger. The Home Run Derby was an interesting sight with Judge blasting ’em into the stadium ceiling. It’s no wonder we saw him knock 52 out of the park this year. Bellinger came along and hit 39 dingers. Both players made it to the postseason this year and we look forward to seeing how their careers play out. This pair is the 4th to be unanimously voted ROY in their respective leagues (Judge AL; Bellinger NL).
- Roy Halladay. www.baseball-reference.com ↩︎
- Bobby Doerr. www.baseball-reference.com ↩︎
- Carlos Beltran. www.baseball-reference.com ↩︎