Roy Halladay Is Retiring

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports shares the sad news:

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:

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  1. Zach

    December 09, 2013 11:11 AM

    I’ll run a thousand steps in the snow in his honor

  2. Tim

    December 09, 2013 11:42 AM

    We like Roy! We like Roy!

  3. Kevin

    December 09, 2013 11:52 AM

    It was great having Roy, when Roy was Roy, but it’s a bit of a relief he’s not coming back for another year with the Phils.

    The end came mighty fast and was painful to watch.

  4. adam

    December 09, 2013 11:56 AM

    A great competitor. I wish he would’ve gotten his shot in the World Series like he wanted.Heres to you, Doc!

  5. Boo-urns

    December 09, 2013 12:11 PM

    Thanks for everything Roy! It was awesome to have you here, and even though you’re retiring as a Jay (which makes absolute sense) and will probably go into the HOF as a Jay (also makes sense), you’ll always have a bit of Philadelphia in you and you’ll always be welcomed here.

    (At least this eliminates any possibility of Amaro throwing retarded money at him for no good reason.)

  6. Ryan

    December 09, 2013 12:13 PM

    I’m very sorry to see him go–he is a true class act.

  7. Tim

    December 09, 2013 12:14 PM

    Obviously, 2010 was a great season to watch, but I was just strolling down memory lane via baseball-reference, and somehow he was even better than I remembered that year. He had 8 games with a gamescore of 80 or over that year (plus one more in the postseason).

    He only had a handful of bad starts, and most of them were not even that terrible. He only failed to complete 6 IP once (5 and 2/3 IP and 6 runs in what was his worst game), which was the start right before the perfecto. Really lucky to have been able to watch him utterly dominate that year.

  8. Austin

    December 09, 2013 12:33 PM

    My lasting memory of Halladay is from his no hitter – when he walked that one batter there was this overwhelming feeling of disappointment in the stands that we were ONLY going to see a no hitter. That’s how good he was.

  9. GB

    December 09, 2013 12:51 PM

    Congratulations to Roy for a great career, HOF very likely, and some great years here…I’m glad he is retiring as I did not want to see him struggle to comeback, experience more pain/frustration and more backlash by fans/media. As a Phils fan, I’m also glad this option is closed to the Phils and they can move on as Roy is doing.

    Thanks for the memories, Roy, good luck and take care

  10. Evan

    December 10, 2013 12:50 AM

    I hope the Phillies have the graciousness to retire his number and add him to our own Wall of Fame. I am glad that I saw him pitch at CBP — especially for his last ever start.

  11. Steve

    December 10, 2013 03:13 PM

    Shouldn’t the tittle be “Roy gives RAJ greatest Halladay gift, saves RAJ from self and retires!”

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