Former Toronto Blue Jay and Philadelphia Phillie pitcher Roy Halladay announced his retirement on Monday afternoon. Roy Halladay signed a one day contract with the Toronto to officially announce his retirement as a member of the Blue Jays. The 36 year old pitcher played 12 seasons in Toronto before he came to play his final four seasons for the Phillies. Halladay will finish with a career record of 203-105, a 3.38 ERA, won two Cy Young Awards, and made eight MLB All-Star teams.
Halladay was drafted 17th overall out of high school by the Blue Jays and was called up by the club in September of 1998. Halladay did not always have the impeccable control that he had in his prime as he posted an awful 10.64 ERA in his 2000 season. This ERA was the worst ever by any pitcher to ever pitch 50 innings and in response to this at the start of the 2001 season Halladay was sent down to the Class A Dunedin Blue Jays to completely change his delivery. After a month and a half in Class A he was promoted to Double-A Tennessee, and then a month after he was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse. After working through that he was promoted back to the Blue Jays by the mid-season of 2001. Halladay had a great 2003 season as he went 22-7 with a 3.25 ERA in 266 innings. This great amazing season won Roy Halladay his first American League Cy Young Award.
After having a memorable career in Toronto he was traded by the club to the Phillies on December 15, 2009 for minor league prospects Kyle Drabek, Travis d’Arnaud, and Michael Taylor. Halladay then signed a contract extension with the Phillies worth $60 over 3 years with a fourth year vesting option. Halladay had an amazing first season with Phillies and won the National League Cy Young Award as he went 21-10 with 2.44 ERA in 250 1/2 innings. This season for Halladay was highlighted by a perfect game performance against the then Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010 and the second postseason no-hitter in MLB history against the Cincinnati Reds on October 6,2010 in Game 1 of the NLDS. These two feats marked the first time a pitcher threw a no-hitter and a perfect game in the same season. Halladay put up his last great season in 2011 as he was part of the rotation of Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt. Halladay finished second in the NL Cy Young Award voting behind Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Halladay’s last two years pitching for the Phillies were difficult as he was on the disabled list frequently dealing with shoulder and back injuries. Halladay’s only memorable moment of his last two seasons was gaining his 200th victory on April 14,2013 as he defeated the Miami Marlins 2-1. Although Halladay did not have the best seasons to end his career in Philadelphia, he had this to say about his time in Philly,
“Philadelphia was kind of the icing on the cake for me.” Which isn’t all Doc had to say about Philly. He took out an ad in the Daily News thanking the Phillies fans.
To speak to the pitcher’s character, Halladay’s former Phillies teammates had only great things to about him. Pitcher Kyle Kendrick said, “In my eyes, the game just lost the best pitcher of the last 10 years” and Roy Oswalt said, “Hands down, he was the best pitcher of this era and a first-ballot Hall of Famer.” Roy Halladay’s impact is obvious in Philadelphia. Cole Hamels talked about his time playing with Halladay saying “For me, personally, he helped me understand the game more and gave me insight on how to become a top of the line starting pitcher.” Chase Utley as said this about Halladay, “I’ll miss his presence and passion but, most of all, I’ll miss his intensity. This day is sad but it is happy at the same time as we remember the great pitcher Halladay once was and he will be remembered here in Philly.
There’s no doubt that Roy Halladay will be missed in Philly and in baseball altogether. Halladay is a guaranteed Hall of Famer and a historic pitcher who has left his mark here in Philly and we could not be happier to have had him. We’ll miss youDoc.
“A heartfelt thanks to Philadelphia
To the City of Philadelphia, and Phillies fans everywhere:
My family and I want to thank you for four amazing years. We have so many great memories of our time with the Phillies, on and off the field, and we will cherish those always. We want to also express our appreciation to my teammates and the wonderful people of the Phillies organization, especially Ruben Amaro and David Montgomery, for all they have done for us. And to the fans, thank you for always making us feel welcome here and for all your incredible support at Citizens Bank Park.
Roy Halladay #34”
- Why Roy Halladay didn’t retire with the Phillies (nj.com)
- Sources: Halladay retiring Monday as Blue Jay (espn.go.com)