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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