Former MLB All-Star Roy Halladay killed in plane crash

Former Major League Baseball all-star pitcher Roy Halladay died Tuesday when his small plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Holiday, MLB officials confirmed on Twitter.

“We are saddened by the tragic news that Roy Halladay, 2-time Cy Young Award winner & 8-time All-Star, has died in a plane crash. He was 40,” the post read. 

We are saddened by the tragic news that Roy Halladay, 2-time Cy Young Award winner & 8-time All-Star, has died in a plane crash. He was 40. pic.twitter.com/SOFv3bOLyt

— MLB (@MLB) November 7, 2017

Halladay, nicknamed Doc, pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies between 1998 and 2013.

On May 29, 2010, Halladay threw a perfect game against the then-Florida Marlins at what was then known as Sun Life Stadium. Halladay retired all 27 batters he faced, striking out 11.

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Halladay previously posted numerous photos of his ICON A5 on his Twitter page. 

 

 

 

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!! pic.twitter.com/30eVjz9eS6

— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) October 31, 2017

Phillies statement on the sudden & tragic passing of Roy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/gGhv7JUKv0

— Phillies (@Phillies) November 7, 2017

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Jeter has no problem with Marlins players kneeling during anthem

New Marlins co-owner Derek Jeter says he has no problem with his players taking a knee during the national anthem.

Jeter made the comments Wednesday night at a dinner for his Turn 2 Foundation.

“The thing that I think is frustrating, this whole rhetoric that is going back and forth. People lose sight of the fact of why someone was kneeling,” said Jeter according to the New York Daily News. “They’re focused so much on the fact that they are kneeling as opposed to what they’re kneeling for. Peaceful protests are fine. You have your right to voice your opinion. As long as it’s a peaceful protest, everyone should be fine with that.”

Jeter’s comments supporting the rights of players to protest comes as the NFL is deeply embroiled in the controversy.

President Trump has spoken out against NFL players taking a knee during the anthem, going so far as to asking team owners to fire them if they continue their actions.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said over the weekend that he would bench any player that kneeled during the playing of the anthem.

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Report: Mas to bid ‘around $1.17 billion’ for Marlins

Despite wanting $1.3 billion for his baseball team, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria could be taking a bit less.

Fox Business reports Miami businessman Jorge Mas has the “inside track” for the team with a bid around $1.17 billion.

Major League Baseball had hoped to seal a deal to sell the Marlins by tomorrow night’s All-Star Game at Marlins Park.

Derek Jeter and Tagg Romney, son of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, were considered to be early front runners to be the team’s new owners.

But despite reports that the Yankees legend had failed to come up with the necessary funds and that Romney had dropped out of the bidding, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday that all three bidders have met Loria’s asking price.

It is not known if Loria has dropped his asking price or if bidders have met the $1.3 billion the current owner desires.

#BreakingNews – billionaire Jorge Mas has inside track on @Marlins sale his bid around $1.17b not a done deal – sources more @FoxBusiness

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) July 10, 2017

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Tebow being promoted to Mets’ affiliate in Florida

Tim Tebow is moving up and heading south – to some very familiar territory.

Tebow has been promoted to the New York Mets’ high Class A affiliate in St. Lucie, Florida. The 29-year-old Tebow led the University of Florida to two national championships in football and won the 2007 Heisman Trophy during his stellar career with the Gators.

Baseball has not been as easy for the 29-year-old outfielder. He entered his final game with the Fireflies hitting just .222 with three homers and 23 RBIs – numbers that usually don’t lead to a promotion.

“For me, it’s not something I have to answer,” Tebow said. “There’s a lot smarter, wiser people than me that make those decisions. I just try and show up and play hard every day.”

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced the promotion prior to the major league club’s game in San Francisco. He said Tebow’s performance had trended positively the past two or three weeks and the Mets thought it was a good time for his promotion.

“Clearly, it’s a step up,” Alderson said. “I certainly think he can handle it.”

Tebow has been a smash hit with fans the past three months in the South Atlantic League. The Fireflies are second in the league with an average attendance of 5,230 before Sunday, and Tebow’s presence has led to sellouts and big crowds at nearly every road stop.

He is happy to be headed back to the Sunshine State, where he still has family, friends and many, many supporters in Gator colors.

“I obviously love Florida so this is nice,” he said with a grin. “But the goal and focus is improving as a baseball player.”

Tebow’s first pro baseball stop had a storybook start with a home run in his first at-bat. He added another homer three games later, but he has been mostly inconsistent at the plate.

That’s baseball, Tebow said. He went 0 for 3 during Saturday’s win over Kannapolis, but drove in two runs.

“I know that my progress has led me to having three good at-bats, to bring in two guys,” he said. “As an athlete you can’t worry about those things. You have to focus on, ‘Am I seeing the pitches? What am I doing with them? Am I doing damage with them?'”

Tebow certainly looked comfortable in the Fireflies’ clubhouse, despite being a decade older than several of his teammates.

“We’ve said he’s just one of 25 guys,” Columbia president John Katz said. “At the end of the day, he really is. He wants to succeed. He puts in the work and hopefully, he’ll have continued success at a higher level.”

That’s Alderson’s wish, too, as Tebow continues a journey that he hopes ends at Citi Field in New York.

“I wouldn’t say he has excelled” at Columbia, Alderson said. “But at the same time, what he’s done there – given all the circumstances – justified the promotion.”

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Marlins’ Volquez follows no-hitter with 7 scoreless innings

Edinson Volquez followed his no-hitter by pitching seven scoreless innings and the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Thursday night.

Volquez (3-7) allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked two while winning his third straight start. He helped the Marlins win for the ninth time in 12 games and raised his career record to 4-0 against the Pirates, a team he pitched for in 2013.

Volquez has allowed only one run in 22 innings during his streak, including a no-hitter last Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the first of his 13-year career. He was winless in his first nine starts after being signed to a two-year, $22-million contract in the offseason to help fill the void left by the death of ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident last September.

Derek Dietrich and Christian Yelich both had three hits, including two doubles, for the Marlins and J.T. Realmuto and Tyler Moore added two hits each.

Volquez’s bid to become the second pitcher in baseball history to throw back-to-back no-hitters ended just two batters into Thursday night’s game when Josh Harrison had a bunt single down the third-base line.

Johnny Vander Meer remains the only pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters, doing so in 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds.

Harrison doubled in the sixth to end a string of 12 straight batters retired by Volquez.

The Pirates, who lost their third straight, avoided a shutout in the ninth inning when Josh Bell had a run-scoring groundout.

Gerrit Cole (3-6) was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings as his struggles continued. He is 1-2 with a 10.73 ERA in his four starts, giving up 23 runs and 39 hits in 19 1/3 innings.

Dietrich capped a three-run first inning with a two-run double. The Marlins chased Cole in the fifth with five consecutive two-out singles that produced three runs and increased the lead to 7-0.

WHO’S THE CLOSER?

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wasn’t ready to say whether Tony Watson will remain the closer after the left-hander blew ninth-inning leads both Tuesday and Wednesday in losses at Baltimore. Watson has allowed multiple earned runs in five of last 10 appearances, raising his ERA to 4.44 from 1.92.

BULLPEN SHUFFLE

The Pirates recalled right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis. Righty Johnny Barbato was optioned to the same club.

Neverauskas became the first Lithuanian-born pitcher to appear in a major league game April 24 when he worked one inning against the Chicago Cubs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (right shoulder bursitis) made his first rehab start Thursday since going on the DL on May 17, pitching four innings for high Class A Jupiter and giving up three runs and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. . LHP Justin Nicolino (left finger contusion) is scheduled to make a rehab start June 13 for a team to be determined then rejoin the rotation.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (testicular cancer) will have his next step determined Friday. Taillon made his third rehab start Wednesday, pitching six innings for Indianapolis and allowing five runs.

UP NEXT

Marlins RHP Vance Worley (0-2, 6.59 ERA) will pitch Friday night against Pirates rookie RHP Tyler Glasnow (2-5, 6.97). Worley has worked just a combined 12 2/3 innings in his three starts since being called up May 20 from Triple-A New Orleans. Glasnow has lost his last two outings, allowing nine runs in 10 innings.

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