Sad news for all Blue Jays fans as Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay retires from baseball.
The 16-year veteran announced his retirement on Monday morning at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, but not before he signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays. The decision ensured Halladay finished his illustrious career with the organization that drafted him out of high school in 1995.
Halladay said the ceremonial contract was his way of saying thanks to an organization that he called home for 14 years and to the people who helped him become one of the greatest pitchers in recent history.
“I very easily could have been out of baseball in 2000, 2001 and never had a shot,” Halladay said during his afternoon news conference. “So to me, that was the most important thing was I felt like everything that the organization had done for me, the player that they allowed me to become, I felt like it was really important to acknowledge that.”
Halladay approached the Blue Jays with the idea to retire as a Blue Jay in late November. There surely would have been some offers in free agency, but after two injury plagued seasons in Philadelphia, Halladay decided it was time to step away.
Toronto jumped at the opportunity to bring Halladay back into the fold — even if it was just for one day. It’s a fitting end considering Halladay ranks second all-time in Blue Jays history with 148 wins, 1,495 strikeouts and 15 shutouts. He’s also third with 2,246 2/3 innings, a 3.43 ERA and 287 starts.
Roy was and is my favourite Blue Jays player and is well deserving of the plaudits coming his way. Hopefully, in time he will make the Hall of Fame. He was an outstanding pitcher and a a real gentleman.
Enjoy your retirement Doc, you earned it.