Former Phillies pitcher Cory Lidle, who pitched more games with the Phillies than any other team, was piloting the small plane that crashed into a Manhattan condominium this afternoon, killing one other.
According to the report, aviation records showed the single-engine plane belonged to Lidle, and that Lidle's passport was discovered at the scene of the crash later. Lidle had been a pilot for eight months, according to the New York Times.
Lidle, who leaves behind a wife and young son, started 62 games for the Phillies between 2004 and 2006 before the Yankees acquired him on July 30 in the Bobby Abreu deal. He began his career in 1997 with the Mets and also pitched for Tampa Bay, Oakland, Toronto and Cincinnati. He came to the Phillies via trade from the Reds late in 2004.
For his career, he went 82-72 with two saves and a 4.57 ERA, and with the Phillies, was 26-20 with a 4.52 ERA. He last pitched 1 1-3 innings against the Tigers in the final game of the ALDS. The 34-year-old right-hander set a career-high with 130 strikeouts between Philadelphia and New York, and was a free agent after the season.