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Roy Halladay thanks Phillies fans with newspaper ad

Roy Halladay newspaper ad

Roy Halladay announced his retirement on Monday at the age of 36, and he made sure to thank the city of Philadelphia and Phillies fans the next day.

Though the two-time Cy Young Award winner signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays so he could retire as a member of the team where he spent most of his career, he still has a lot of love for Philly, where he spent the final four seasons of his career.

Halladay took out an ad in the Philadelphia Daily News to thank the city. It’s obviously a very nice gesture from a player who has always come across as classy.

As for the Hall of Fame debate regarding Halladay … there is no debate. Halladay is a Hall of Famer without a doubt. The 8-time all-star was one of the most reliable horses and best pitchers in baseball for an entire decade. He regularly led the league in innings pitched (four times) while allowing very few runs (a career 3.38 ERA while pitching mostly in the AL East). If that doesn’t get you into Cooperstown, then the voting system is flawed.

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Roy Halladay to retire, sign one-day contract with Blue Jays

Roy HalladayRoy 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.

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.

Charlie Manuel concerned with Roy Halladay’s spring struggles

Roy HalladayLast week we told you that Roy Halladay’s velocity was down during a spring outing against the Washington Nationals. Though he had success in that start (facing only one Nats starter), his velocity was down again Tuesday and this time he struggled.

Halladay gave up seven runs, six hits, four walks, and two home runs in 2.2 innings against a Detroit Tigers lineup that did not include Prince Fielder or Miguel Cabrera. He reportedly was only throwing in the mid-80s during the appearance. The poor outing and overall struggles have caused Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel to be concerned.

“Yeah, it concerns me,” Manuel said, per David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News. “But at the same time, I been in the game long enough to know that if there’s nothing wrong with him, you keep working with him. If he’s healthy and well and there’s nothing wrong with him, then he’s gotta get stretched out and everything.”

Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee seemed to be even more concerned.

“I don’t know where he is going to get back to,” Dubee said, via Murphy. “I don’t. Who does? I don’t have a crystal ball, but I know that his work ethic is still there, his desire is still there, so I’ll take my chances.”

Dubee saying he does not know where Halladay will get back to is a response to the pitcher returning from different injuries last season (lat, shoulder, back).

Halladay has certainly given us many reasons to believe in him, but the low velocity sure is a concern. He might be stiff, sore, or holding back during spring training, but you have to wonder why he’s not closer to being in top form with the season starting in a few weeks.

H/T Hardball Talk

Roy Halladay’s velocity could be a concern

Roy HalladayRoy Halladay is one of the most accomplished pitchers in the majors, but his velocity will likely be a concern this season and moving forward.

Halladay turns 36 in May. He missed time last season with a lat injury, and he experienced shoulder problems that he attributed to a back issue. Though he pitched extremely well in April, he struggled in May before going on the disabled list. After returning from the DL, he did not show All-Star stuff.

According to FanGraphs, Halladay’s average fastball speed was 90.6 mph last season. That was down from 92 the year before, and 92.6 the previous two seasons.

The low velocity trend has been consistent through early spring training.

David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Halladay was sitting between 86-88 mph during his Wednesday outing against the Washington Nationals. A scout told Murphy that Halladay topped out at 88. For comparison, Stephen Strasburg ranged from 94-97. Murphy notes that the conditions were poor and that Halladay says this is the “dead arm” phase for a pitcher. In his previous two spring outings, Halladay reportedly was around 88-91, which is a better sign.

Even though Halladay’s velocity was down against the Nationals, he still threw four scoreless innings allowing two hits and one walk. However, most of the Nats’ top hitters were not in the lineup.

Halladay can still be a good pitcher, but the velocity points to a legitimate reason for people to be concerned over whether Roy Halladay can still be Roy Halladay. In 2006 and 2007, Halladay’s average fastball velocity was just above 91 mph, and he had an ERA over 3.00 both seasons. From 2008-2011, his average fastball velocity was over 92 each season, and his ERA was sub-3.00. That extra mile per hour or two makes a difference.

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Stephen Strasburg hits Chase Utley, Roy Halladay throws behind Tyler Moore

Roy-HalladayRoy Halladay has better control than most starting pitchers in baseball, but at least one pitch got away from him during Wednesday’s spring training game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals. Or did it?

Stephen Strasburg hit Chase Utley in the calf with a pitch in the third inning. Halladay responded in the fourth by throwing behind Nationals outfielder Tyler Moore.

“Yeah, that slipped,” Halladay said after the game.

The right-hander then elaborated, basically admitting that he was sending a message.

“We do need to protect our guys to an extent,” Halladay continued. “I’m not saying that’s what happened — it slipped — but I think that’s important. We’ve had a lot of guys hit over the years and I think as a staff we need to do a good job of protecting those guys. Spring training I don’t think you’re necessarily trying to do it, but it wouldn’t have been the worst thing had (the pitch hit Moore).”

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MLB selling Roy Halladay bobblehead that is kind of a lefty and a righty (Picture)

Look closely at the photos above and tell me what you see. At first glance, you might see another typical bobblehead that looks nothing like the person it is supposed to be. The face is not very Roy Halladay, but what else is new? This lovely collectible is available for purchase at MLB.com and was brought to our attention by this Halladay fan blog. Have you figured it out yet? For those of you who haven’t, we’ll just spell it out for you. This thing pretty much throws right and left-handed.

The leg kick and body position are accurate, but somehow the glove ended up on The Doc’s right hand and the ball in his left. I guess we should just assume he had taken his glove off to clean the ball and was about to put it back on but decided he felt like throwing a pitch in the meantime. If that’s the case, we’re wrong and this piece of memorabilia makes perfect sense.

Bobbleheads like this one may be some of the creepiest things we’ve ever seen, but at least someone put some effort into making them.

UPDATE: Because of people like us who like to make fun of people, the MLB has pulled this item from their inventory.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Roy Halladay showed up to Phillies camp in a sweet black hot rod (Picture)

You know that guy on the Dos Equis commercial? I’m starting to think he may not be the most interesting man in the world. Having a mother who has a tattoo that reads “Son” or being allowed to touch the art at a museum is pretty boss, but Roy Halladay may have him beat. The car you see above is what the Doc whipped to Phillies training camp over the weekend. Would you expect Halladay to show up in anything less than a sick black hot rod?

The Dos Equis guy may have won trophies for his game face or bowled a round overhand, but that’s all hearsay at this point. We have personally witnessed the Doc toss a no-hitter in his postseason debut and there are even rumors that he saved a young boy from an anaconda attack during a trip to the Amazon. He is, the most interesting man in the world.

H/T SI Hot Clicks