I would very much like to never have to post about this sort of thing again, but it’s reported today that longtime Royals starter and recent broadcaster Paul Splittorff has throat cancer and melanoma and is near death. He had been suffering from an ailment which affected his voice since early last year, but what the trouble was was unknown until now.
Splittoroff pitched 15 years in the majors, between the years of 1970 and 1984, all with the Royals. He was never the ace of the staff, but he was steady through the 1970s, rising as the Royals rose to competitiveness. He amassed a career mark of 166-143 with a 3.81 career ERA. He pitched effectively in seven playoff games as well.
Traces of morphine, amphetamine, Prozac and Ambien were found in Roy Halladay’s system at the time of his death, according to the autopsy findings Zachary T. Sampson of the Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. The former Phillies and Blue Jays ace and two-time Cy Young Award winner was killed in a plane crash off the Gulf of Mexico last November. While the exact cause of the incident has not yet been determined, it was a combination of blunt force trauma and drowning that resulted in the 40-year-old’s death.
Further details from the NY Daily News revealed that Halladay sustained a fractured leg and a “subdural hemorrhage, multiple rib fractures, and lung, liver and spleen injuries” during the crash. As for the drugs present in his system, the autopsy report suggests that the presence of morphine could be linked to heroin use, though there’s no clear evidence that he did so.
The toxicology results also determined that Halladay had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.01. A BAC of 0.08 is the legal limit for operating a car, but current FAA regulations prohibit any alcohol consumption for eight hours before operating aircraft. Halladay was both the pilot and sole passenger aboard the plane when it crashed.
Previous statements from the National Transportation Safety Board indicate that the investigation is still ongoing and could take up to two years to resolve.