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Halladay to Announce Retirement

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, December 09, 2013 11:16 AM | Comments: 15
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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.

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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.

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Ian's athletic achievements include getting stuffed by NBA center Aaron Gray in high school and hitting .179 over four years for NYU against D-III, NAIA, JuCo, and NCBA schools. Ian hopes his athletic successes will help him achieve his dream of becoming the underground Bob Uecker.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    Thanks Doc!

     
  • Posts: 2991 Chuck A.

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    Wow. Never expected this. Thanks, Doc. I was lucky enough to be at that NLDS no hitter. What an experience!!

     
    • Posts: 87 Johanna

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      I saw that game on TV and I know that would have been an awesome experience. I did have the chance to see him pitch live many times though – and 2010 was an awesome year.

       
  • Posts: 0 BobB

    A great pitcher !!! Truly, Doc made the right decision.

     
  • Posts: 87 Johanna

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    I was lucky enough to watch him pitch so many great games. Loved having him here in Philly – what a class act. He is and always will be one of my all time favorite players.

     
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    One of the predictions I got right this year and I can’t tell you how much I wish I had gotten this one wrong, too.

    I had the equal honor to see Roberts, Carlton and Halladay pitch.
    It really is all about “how you play the game.”
    And they played it like a Stradivarius.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jay

    Truly one of the greats

     
  • Posts: 5195 Lefty

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    Thanks for giving us the pleasure of getting to see you pitch up close for a couple of wonderful, memorable years Doc. I am forever in awe of your greatness.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    It was a privilege to see Doc pitch for us. I will never forget his perfecto and playoff no hitter. I am very sad that we never got him the ring he wanted though. If the man has any interest at all in becoming a coach I would hire him in an instant.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jael

    Thank you doc love you and miss you

     
  • Posts: 0 malcolm

    Agree thank you Doc. Great pitcher better person!!

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Kind off a surprise here. I thought he would give it another go. At least for another year. Though im glade he left at this time instead of watching another year and watch him struggle.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    The things that I will tell my boys about Doc…

    He was THE consummate professional… legendary for his aptitude and his preparation. He knew exactly what he wanted to do and he executed, rarely having an off day.

    He was one of the fiercest competitors that the game has ever seen… he I would put him in the same class as Pete Rose, in terms of competitive spirit. The glare, the determination… sometimes to a fault, he always wanted the ball and he never backed down from a challenge.

    If by chance Doc does stumble upon this blog, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say thank you… I appreciate the effort you gave us. You left it all on the field and I am grateful for the time I had to cheer you on as “ours.”

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    When you have a finality to something like a Roy Halladay (even though it is just his baseball playing career), you have to be careful in trying to properly sum things up. You could mention a great many things, and think of many more. The great pitchers, who often came across as great people in their public persona leave the game, and you’re still pretty dumbfounded for words when the next heroic type walks and there’s no improvement in the comfort or eloquence of summing it up..

    So rather than travel roads that come up short of the mark, I’ll just express memories of a recent Halladay experience that I’m glad developed as it did, and drew a maximum amount of my focus..

    Doc was about 3 games into his final comeback around early September. His first couple minor league rehabs weren’t real great, but it was a quick recovery from surgery, so patience was easy to deposit in the hope column. Doc had been promoted from the Blue Claws, and was scheduled to throw a Sunday afternoon game for the Fightin’ Phils of Reading. Lo and behold, the parent club mixes up a Saturday night 18 inning encounter travelling into the wee small hours that found Tyler Cloyd, the next day’s pitcher going 5 innings deep, and killing his Sunday start. Sometimes you wish for things that you don’t expect, and as that game went on, further on, and on some more, I wondered if Halladay might even be thought of as the starter for the Sunday afternooner.

    Incredibly, it worked out exactly that way. And the passage of time has shortened memories on what an experience it was to symphonically watch Roy Halladay conduct a complete game, but even with the level of his last 2 years more of a cognizance, he worked about 6 innings that day, including 1-2 frames that against a scale of a normal pitcher, were actually pretty darned good. Overall, that game, mechanically, fundamentally, would be low on the career highlight scale. But on so many levels, it typified what made Roy Halladay a funner guy to follow than most all who ever came down the pike, and for damned sure, will from this point forward.

    It all happened so fast. That’s just unbelievable. I don’t know that anyone’s ever defined the concept of love with perfect clarity. Maybe love, in part, is the pace at which a “relationship” flows. The pace by which his career, especially with the Phils went makes me think so.

    Number 34 wraps at 203.. Thanks so much.

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Unfortunately I only got to see him pitch live once, and it was in 2012 when he was struggling. That said, I am honored to have been able to see him pitch at all. Thanks Doc !

     
 
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