Roy Halladay to retire, sign one-day contract with Blue Jays
Roy Halladay is retiring, as first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The 36-year-old was limited to just 62 innings with the Philadelphia Phillies last season and compiled a 4-5 record and a 6.82 ERA — his worst mark in 13 seasons.
Halladay will be retiring as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays have scheduled a press conference for Monday, during which they will announce that Halladay has signed a one-day contract with the team.
When Halladay was on, he was arguably the most dominant pitcher in baseball. However, injuries over the past two seasons have caused him to lose velocity on his fastball. He made 25 starts for the Phillies in 2012 and racked up a 4.49 ERA.
Despite two injury-marred seasons, the Doc has put together quite an impressive Hall of Fame resume. He will finish his career with a 203-105 record, 3.38 ERA and 2,117 strikeouts in 2,749 1/3 innings. Halladay threw 60 complete games in his career and also tossed a perfect game. He had a 2.37 ERA in the playoffs, won two Cy Young Awards and was an eight-time All-Star.
Miami Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison said he had a feeling Halladay would retire when he saw him pitch last season.
I remember watching doc throw his last pitch. Thought he might be done. He was one of the best. #HOF
— Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) December 9, 2013
It’s an unfortunate ending to a career we thought would be longer, but you have to respect Halladay for not wanting to continue pitching at a mediocre level. He should be remembered as one of the greatest gamers of our generation.