I didn’t expect it to end like this: CBS’s Jon Heyman is reporting that Roy Halladay will sign a one-day contract and then retire as a Toronto Blue Jay. An announcement coming from Halladay himself will be made later today.
Halladay had two of the most brilliant Phillies seasons of the young 21st century. In his first year as a Phillie, Halladay went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA, leading the league in innings pitched. Halladay, of course, threw a perfect game against the Marlins and a no-hitter in his first career playoff start against the Reds. In 2011, Halladay went 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA.
Of course, the wheels began to fall off for Halladay and the rest of the Phillies in 2012. Halladay would fall short of his goal of winning a World Series but posted a 3.25 ERA with a 55-29 record as a Phillie. According to Baseball Reference’s Hall of Fame Monitor, Halladay is a likely Hall of Famer with a 203-105 record, a 3.38 ERA, with two Cy Young wins, seven top-five Cy Young finishes, and eight All-Star selections.
From all of us at Phillies Nation, thank you Doc. It was a lot of fun watching you pitch.