October 11, 2006
Word came out of New York today of a tragic airplane accident that took the life of New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle. Lidle had pitched four days earlier in the American League Divisional series against the Detroit Tigers. After being eliminated from the play-offs he had gone to Yankee Stadium to pack up his things before going to California. He would be a free agent and expected several teams to vie for his services. Given the limited depth of starting pitching, Lidle would probably have been able to get a two or three year contract for around $3 million per year. Before the trade deadline several teams had enquired about trading for Lidle and he ended up being dealt with Bobby Abreu from the Philadelphia Phillies to the New York Yankees where he helped down the stretch pitching his way onto the post season roster. Cory Lidle was piloting the plane through rain and hazy weather. Eye witnesses have said they saw the plane flying erratically as if it was having some type of mechanical trouble. Shortly before impact a distress signal was received from the plane but before a response could be given it struck an apartment building in Manhattan approximately 5 blocks from the site of the World Trade Center. Lidle and a passenger on the plane were both killed. He leaves behind his wife Melanie and their son Christopher.