It was announced Monday morning that Roy Halladay will be retiring from professional baseball. Halladay, who has pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies since the beginning of the 2010 season, has had injury issues over the past two seasons, and has apparently decided that it's time to call it a career.
It appears as if Halladay will be retiring as a Toronto Blue Jay. He has signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to announce his retirement, which will come later Monday afternoon. Halladay pitched for the Blue Jays from 1998 to 2009, and won the American League Cy Young award in 2003.
After years of not contending with the Toronto Blue Jays, Halladay was traded to the Phillies in a deal which the Blue Jays got nothing more than prospects. Halladay's impact was instant, winning 21 games in his first year with the Phillies and winning up the National League Cy Young Award. 2010 was especially notable for Halladay due to the fact that he pitched a perfect game against the then-Florida Marlins in late May. He also kicked off the Phillies' 2010 postseason with a no-hitter in game one of the National League Divisional Series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Halladay had another great year in 2011, but the Phillies' hopes of a championship were cut short in the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He began running into injury troubles in 2012, and had a bit of a down year. He began 2013 in decent health, but by early May, was shelved for months with a shoulder injury. His control and velocity dropped off progressively through the '12 and '13 seasons. He returned briefly in August and September of 2013 but was just a shell of the pitcher he used to be.
Over 16 seasons, Roy Halladay had a record of 203-105 with a 3.38 career ERA and 2 Cy Young titles. His devastating cut fastball was the most powerful weapon in his arsenal, and helped him achieve much success.
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