WATCH: Roy Halladay announces retirement from baseball
Former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay has announced his retirement from baseball. The Blue Jays signed him to a one-day contract on Monday so he could retire with the team that drafted him in 1995 with the 17th overall pick. The two-time Cy Young Award winner expressed is appreciation to the Blue Jays organization and explained his decision during a press conference (via MLB.com):
Halladay completed his career at 203-105, with an excellent 3.38 ERA, especially having pitched during the so-called “steroid era”. The 36-year-old Halladay has battled through injuries the past couple years, barely resembling the pitcher that finished second in the NL Cy Young Award voting just two short years ago in 2011. Halladay pitched the second ever playoff no-hitter in 2010, his first ever post-season game.
In 2012, his ERA nearly doubled from 2.35 to 4.49. This past year, it ballooned 6.82 in only 62 innings. That didn’t stop some interest in him to test his health in 2014, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas Rangers were interested in the righty:
#Rangers made contract with Roy Halladay’s agent last month and had interest in adding him for depth. Halladay retired earlier today.
— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) December 10, 2013
But alas, Halladay would rather move on to the next phase of his life. He earned $20M last year, but did not meet performance marks to kick in a 2014 option at the same price.
His numbers “probably” fall short of Hall of Fame status, although with 300 game winners going the way of the dodo, let’s wait five years and see where we are. He never pitched in the World Series.
– David Whitlock