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Roy Halladay’s Family issues statement through Major League Baseball

Roy Halladay pitching for Toronto throwing slider in 2009 By User Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Our family is heartbroken in confirming that Roy passed away in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon. 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.

Roy had many accomplishments in his professional career, the memories of which we will cherish forever. He described each achievement as a team effort rather than an individual accomplishment, a true testament to his character and love for his teammates.

Roy grew up with a passion for planes and always had the goal of becoming a pilot. Since retiring from baseball, he has been actively studying, accumulating the required flight hours and obtaining multiple pilot certifications and licences. Just as he was known for his work ethic in baseball, he was also widely respected by those who knew him in the aviation community for his hard work, attention to detail and dedication to safety while flying. He treated his passion for aviation with the same joy and enthusiasm as he did his love for baseball.

That passion was also expressed through his tireless dedication to helping his own children and so many others learn to love and respect the game of baseball. 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 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.

While we mourn the loss of the core of our family, we choose to celebrate him and remember the man we knew privately on and off the field. We hope that he serves as an example of professionalism, integrity and hard work for all who knew him. For us, we will forever remember his unconditional love, humility and the sacrifices he made to provide for the family that meant the world to him.

On behalf of our family we thank you for respecting our privacy during this time of overwhelming grief. We also ask that you respect the privacy of our extended family as well as the families and children who Roy has coached, taught or worked with. We are so fortunate and thankful for the outpouring of love and support we’ve received from across the world. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. The service will be open to the public.

The Halladay Family

 

STATEMENT WRITTEN BY HALLADAY FAMILY; COURTESY MLB & MLBpressbox.com

Happenings in the NFL: The Week that was Week 9

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 9

SURGING SAINTS: The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS defeated Tampa Bay 30-10 last week to improve to 6-2.

The Saints, who have won six consecutive games after starting 0-2, are the third team in the Super Bowl era to win its next six games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other two teams to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys and 2007 New York Giants – both won the Super Bowl in that season.

New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 percent) for 263 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating in the Saints’ win. Brees has 225 career passing touchdowns at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the most in NFL history by a quarterback at a single stadium.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes at a single stadium in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) STADIUM TD PASSES  
Drew Brees New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome 225  
Tom Brady New England Gillette Stadium 221  
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, Minnesota Lambeau Field 214  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ passed for four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 51-23 win against Denver in Week 9. Wentz, who leads the NFL with 23 touchdown passes, has the most passing touchdowns by an Eagles quarterback through the team’s first nine games of a season, passing the mark set by Pro Football Hall of Famer NORM VAN BROCKLIN (20) in 1960.

Wentz, who is 24 years old, has the fourth-most touchdown passes in his team’s first nine games of a season by a quarterback at the age of 25 or younger.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their team’s first nine games of a season at the age of 25 or younger:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON AGE TD PASSES IN 1ST 9 GAMES OF SEASON  
Dan Marino^ Miami 1984 23 27  
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2014 25 26  
Bobby Layne^ Detroit 1951 24 24  
Carson Wentz Philadelphia 2017 24 23  
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 2007 25 22  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Wentz is the only quarterback in NFL history at the age of 25 or younger with at least 20 touchdown passes (23) and five or fewer interceptions (five) in his team’s first nine games of a season.

– NFL –

STAFFORD REACHES 200: Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD completed 26 of 33 passes (78.8 percent) for 361 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 132.4 passer rating in the Lions’ 30-17 win at Green Bay on Monday Night Football.

Stafford, who is 29 years old, passed for his 200th and 201st career touchdowns on Monday night and became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to reach 200 career touchdown passes before his 30th birthday.

The quarterbacks in NFL history to reach 200 career passing touchdowns before the age of 30: ​

PLAYER TEAM AGE AT TIME OF 200TH TD PASS
Dan Marino^ Miami 28 years, 2 days
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 28 years, 242 days
Brett Favre^ Green Bay 29 years, 36 days
Matthew Stafford Detroit 29 years, 272 days
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

AGELESS WONDER: Arizona running back ADRIAN PETERSON had a career-high 37 carries for 159 yards in the Cardinals’ 20-10 win at San Francisco in Week 9.

Peterson, who has 19 career games with at least 150 rushing yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers ERIC DICKERSON (18) andEMMITT SMITH (18) for the fourth-most games with at least 150 rushing yards in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers BARRY SANDERS (25), JIM BROWN (22) and WALTER PAYTON (20) have more such games in their careers.

The players with the most career games with at least 150 rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) GAMES WITH 150+ RUSHING YARDS  
Barry Sanders^ Detroit 25  
Jim Brown^ Cleveland 22  
Walter Payton^ Chicago 20  
Adrian Peterson Minnesota, Arizona 19  
Eric Dickerson^ Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis 18  
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas 18  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Peterson, who is 32 years old, is the third-oldest player in NFL history with at least 150 rushing yards in a game, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN RIGGINS (35 years old, 165 rushing yards) and JOHN HENRY JOHNSON (34 years old, 200 rushing yards).

The oldest players with at least 150 rushing yards in a game in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM DATE AGE RUSHING YARDS
John Riggins^ Washington October 14, 1984 35 165
John Henry Johnson^ Pittsburgh October 10, 1964 34 200
Adrian Peterson Arizona November 5, 2017 32 159
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

MATTY ICE AT 150: Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 313 yards with two touchdowns in the Falcons’ Week 9 loss at Carolina.

Ryan, who played his 150th career game on Sunday, has 39,858 career passing yards, the most by a player in NFL history in his first 150 games.

The quarterbacks with the most passing yards in their first 150 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING YARDS
Matt Ryan Atlanta 39,858
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 39,297
Dan Marino^ Miami 39,285
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 39,164
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 38,212*
*Through 148 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Ryan’s 3,465 career completions are the second most in NFL history by a player in his first 150 career games, trailing only DREW BREES(3,494).

The quarterbacks with the most completions in their first 150 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) COMPLETIONS
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 3,494
Matt Ryan Atlanta 3,465
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 3,269
Carson Palmer Cincinnati, Oakland, Arizona 3,196
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 3,162*
*Through 148 career games

– NFL –

CLIMBING THE LEADERBOARDS: New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING passed for 220 yards with two touchdowns in the team’s Week 9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Manning, who has 50,034 career passing yards in 14 seasons with the Giants, became the seventh quarterback in NFL history with at least 50,000 passing yards.

The quarterbacks with at least 50,000 passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER PASSING YARDS  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 71,940  
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 71,838  
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 68,325  
Tom Brady New England 64,123  
Dan Marino^ Miami 61,361  
John Elway^ Denver 51,475  
Eli Manning New York Giants 50,034  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had five catches for 70 yards in the Cardinals’ 20-10 victory at San Francisco last week.

Fitzgerald, who has 14,953 career receiving yards in 14 seasons with the Cardinals, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer TIM BROWN(14,934) for the sixth-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most career receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER RECEIVING YARDS  
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 22,895  
Terrell Owens San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati 15,934  
Randy Moss Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee, San Francisco 15,292  
Isaac Bruce Los Angeles/St. Louis, San Francisco 15,208  
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 15,127  
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 14,953  
Tim Brown^ Los Angeles/Oakland, Tampa Bay 14,934  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI converted both of his field-goal attempts, including a 53-yarder, and both extra-point attempts in the Colts’ 20-14 win at Houston in Week 9.

Vinatieri, who has 2,442 career points, surpassed GARY ANDERSON (2,434) for the second-most points scored in NFL history.

The players with the most points scored in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER POINTS  
Morten Andersen^ New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City, Minnesota 2,544  
Adam Vinatieri New England, Indianapolis 2,442  
Gary Anderson Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota, Tennessee 2,434  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
 

– NFL –​​

RISING ROOKIES: Through the first nine weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 12,146 yards from scrimmage, the second-highest total by rookies through Week 9 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 9 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 9*
2014 12,504
2017 12,146
2013 11,105
1983 10,829
2012 10,321
*Excludes 1987 season

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in 2017:

PLAYER TEAM SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Kareem Hunt Kansas City 1,131
Leonard Fournette Jacksonville 732
Alvin Kamara New Orleans 652
Christian McCaffrey Carolina 589
Joe Mixon Cincinnati 488

Rookies have also totaled 91 touchdowns through Week 9, the second-most through the first nine weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 9 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 9*
2014 96
2017 91
1983 88
2013 85
1971 75
*Excludes 1987 season

The rookies with the most touchdowns in 2017:

PLAYER TEAM TOTAL TDS
Leonard Fournette Jacksonville 7
Kareem Hunt Kansas City 6
Corey Clement Philadelphia 5
Alvin Kamara New Orleans 5
Evan Engram New York Giants 4
JuJu Smith-Schuster Pittsburgh 4

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

Week 10 opens tonight with Thursday Night Football in the NFL, Seahawks at Cardinals on NBC

​THURSDAY NIGHT NOTES:

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS

November 9, 2017

Week 10 begins on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon) with a battle of NFC West rivals as the Arizona Cardinals welcome the Seattle Seahawks to University of Phoenix Stadium. The Seahawks and Cardinals will meet for the 37th time, with the Cardinals holding a 18-17-1 series advantage. Arizona wide receiver J.J. NELSON had 132 receiving yards, including an 80-yard touchdown catch, and kicker CHANDLER CATANZARO converted the game-winning 43-yard field goal with no time remaining in the Cardinals’ 34-31 victory in their last meeting (December 24, 2016).

Seattle looks to rebound following a 17-14 loss to Washington in Week 9. Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON passed for 297 yards with two touchdowns and added 77 yards rushing last week and linebacker BOBBY WAGNER had 12 tackles and recorded a safety. Defensive end DWIGHT FREENEY, who signed with Seattle prior to Week 8, has three sacks in his first two games with the Seahawks.

The Cardinals enter Week 10 following a 20-10 victory at San Francisco. Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD, who led the team with 70 receiving yards in Week 9, has 14,953 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of FamerTIM BROWN (14,934) for the sixth-most receiving yards in NFL history. Cardinals linebacker CHANDLER JONES had a sack last week and ranks fourth in the NFL with nine sacks in 2017. Arizona linebacker KARLOS DANSBY, who had a sack and an interception in Week 9, is one of five players with at least 40 career sacks (43) and 20 interceptions (20) since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Week 10 marks the first of five Thursday Night Football games airing on NBC using the “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime). NBC will also broadcast the Christmas Day game.

For the Week 10 Seahawks-Cardinals capsule, click here​.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

 

Top Seven statistical highlights from Week 9 in the NFL

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 9

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 5, the ninth week of the 2017 season.​

  • Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF and Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ each threw four touchdown passes in their teams’ victories today. Goff, who was selected No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, threw four touchdown passes in the Rams’ 51-17 win at the New York Giants. Wentz, who was selected No. 2 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, threw four touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 51-23 win against Denver.

Today marks the first time in NFL history in which quarterbacks selected No. 1 and 2 overall in the same NFL Draft each threw four touchdown passes on the same day.

  • The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES defeated Denver 51-23 to improve to 8-1. It marks the fifth time in franchise history the Eagles have started a season 8-1 or better (1949, 1960, 1980 and 2004) and the team advanced to the NFL Championship/Super Bowl in each of the previous four instances.

In the Super Bowl era, 91 teams have previously started 8-1 or better through the first nine games and 88 made the playoffs (96.7 percent). Of those 91 teams, 40 reached the Super Bowl (44 percent) and 22 won the Super Bowl (24.2 percent).

Eagles quarterback CARSON WENTZ threw four touchdown passes in today’s win and leads the league with 23 touchdown passes. Wentz’s 23 touchdown passes are the most by an Eagles quarterback through the team’s first nine games of a season, passing the mark set by Pro Football Hall of Famer NORM VAN BROCKLIN (20) in 1960.

  • The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS defeated Tampa Bay 30-10 to improve to 6-2. The Saints, who have won six consecutive games after starting 0-2, are the third team in the Super Bowl era to win its next six games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other two teams to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys and 2007 New York Giants – both won the Super Bowl in that season.

Saints quarterback DREW BREES completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 percent) for 263 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Brees has 225 career passing touchdowns at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the most in NFL history by a quarterback at a single stadium.

  • The LOS ANGELES RAMS defeated the New York Giants 51-17 and recorded the team’s third victory of at least 30 points this season. The Rams are the 11th team in the Super Bowl era to post at least three wins with a margin of victory of 30+ points in the team’s first eight games of a season. Of the previous 10 teams in the Super Bowl era to accomplish the feat, seven advanced to the Super Bowl (70 percent).
  • Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT threw two touchdown passes and added a rushing touchdown in the Cowboys’ 28-17 win over Kansas City. Prescott has 39 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in his career and joined CAM NEWTON as the only players in NFL history to have at least 35 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in their first two seasons.

Kansas City’s TYREEK HILL had a 56-yard touchdown reception against Dallas, his ninth career touchdown of at least 50 yards. Hill, who was playing in his 25th career game, trails only Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS (10) for the most 50+ yard touchdowns in a player’s first 25 games to begin a career.

  • Indianapolis wide receiver T.Y. HILTON had five catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ 20-14 win at Houston. Hilton has 10 career games with at least 150 receiving yards, tied with JULIO JONES for the fourth-most 150-yard receiving games in a player’s first six seasons. The only players with more such games in their first six seasons are Pro Football Hall of Famers LANCE ALWORTH (13) and JERRY RICE (13) and RANDY MOSS (12).
  • Tennessee safety KEVIN BYARD had two interceptions in the Titans’ 23-20 win over Baltimore. Byard, who had three interceptions in the team’s last game (Week 7 at Cleveland), has recorded five interceptions in his past two games, tied for the most by an NFL player in consecutive games since the 1970 merger. The other four players to accomplish the feat since 1970 are Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE HAYNES (1976),WILLIE BUCHANON (1978), ALBERT LEWIS (1985) and DE ANGELO HALL (2010).

 

MLB mourns tragic death of former pitching great Roy Halladay; commissioner issues statement

Roy Halladay pitching for Toronto in 2009 By User Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement on November 7 regarding the death of former Major League All-Star pitcher Roy Halladay:

“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.”

 

Roy Halladay pitching for Philadelphia in 2011 by SD Dirk on Flickr, https commons.wikimedia.org

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

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