Roy Halladay Is Retiring
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports shares the sad news:
Roy Halladay is retiring
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2013
The possibility was always in the back of our collective mind, but knowing Roy Halladay, he’s the rare breed of player who would do everything possible to bounce back from a catastrophic right shoulder injury that would have ended the careers of other, mortal pitchers. After a depressing start to the 2013 season, it was revealed that he was suffering from a partial tear of his rotator cuff and a frayed labrum, knocking him out for nearly four months. When he returned, his velocity still wasn’t where it used to be and his effectiveness was sapped.
As a Phillie, Halladay compiled a 3.25 ERA in 103 starts spanning 702.2 innings. He won the NL Cy Young award in 2010, joining Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Roger Clemens as the only players to win a Cy Young award in both leagues.
Halladay also made history, hurling a perfect game against the Marlins on May 29, then no-hitting the Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS. He and Don Larsen are the only players to throw a no-hitter in the post-season. Over the next five years, expect plenty of discussion over Roy Halladay’s Hall of Fame case. If inducted, he would no doubt go in as a Blue Jay.
Thanks for everything, Doc.
Watch his no-no against the Reds in the playoffs: