Pitcher Roy Halladay will announce his retirement after 16 seasons, ESPN reported on Monday.
1. Halladay Will Retire With the Blue Jays
Halladay will retire as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays after signing a one-day contract with his former team on Monday. The Blue Jays drafted him out of high school in the first round of the 1995 draft.
Halladay is among the Blue Jays’ all-time leaders in several categories, ranking second in wins (148), strikeouts (1,475) and shutouts (15) and third in ERA (3.43), starts (287) and complete games (49).
Furthermore, Halladay and Roger Clemens are the only two Toronto pitchers with two 20-win seasons.
2. He Spent the Last 4 Seasons With the Phillies
The Blue Jays traded Halladay to the Phillies in December 2009 for three minor league prospects. He signed a three-year, $60 million contract extension with Philadelphia, including a $20 million vesting option for a fourth season.
3. Halladay Won 2 Cy Young Awards
Halladay won Cy Young awards with the Blue Jays in 2003 and Phillies in 2010.
He is one of only five pitchers to win the award in both the American and National Leagues.
4. He Never Won a World Series
Despite being one of the most dominating pitchers of the modern era, Halladay never won a World Series.
He got close in 2010 as a member of the Phillies, but ultimately came up short against the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series.
5. He’s a Deserving Hall of Famer
Halladay is a Hall of Famer. Best pitcher in the game 2002-11. Two Cy's, top five seven times. One of six P's ever 203 W's, .659 winning %
— Tim Kurkjian (@Kurkjian_ESPN) December 9, 2013
Halladay’s impressive resume makes him a deserving Hall of Famer. He became the second player in MLB history to throw a postseason no-hitter, which he accomplished against the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of the 2010 National League Division Series.
He has a 203-105 career record with a 3.38 ERA.
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