Roy Halladay Retires After Signing 1-Day Contract With Blue Jays

Posted: December 9, 2013 by woody in MLB, Sports
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Sad day in baseball today folks. Later this afternoon, baseball will wave goodbye to one of the best pitchers of my lifetime, Roy Halladay. This guy was the definition of a work horse. Although he will probably be best remembered for the huge contract he signed with the Phillies, throwing a perfect game in 2010, followed later by a no hitter in his FIRST postseason appearance, I will always remember his days on the lowly Blue Jays. That’s why I love the 1-day contract so he can retire with the team that made him who he is. The guy threw 220+ innings in 8 of 10 seasons with the Blue Jays and Phillies, except for 2004 and 2005, which were both cut short due to injury, otherwise he would have reached that impressive mark. The guy was good for like 7 complete games every season during that stretch. Halladay’s career record was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA, 2,117 strikeouts, 67 complete games and 20 shutouts for the Phillies and Jays. He won 2 Cy Young awards. Unfortunately, his career has come to a sooner-than-expected end because of injuries. This past year he was barely able to break 80 MPH with his fastball, an obvious sign that something was wrong. This guy is just a professional. No bullshit, just played the game it was supposed to be played, with the type of integrity that seems to have gone missing with athletes these days. Not sure how I go about getting a Hall of Fame vote, but if I did have one, he would undoubtedly get my vote. I don’t see any reason why this stud won’t find himself immortalized forever in the Hall of Fame one day. Take it easy Roy, you will be missed.



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