CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that former Phillies ace Roy Halladay is retiring. The Blue Jays announced a press conference this afternoon and Halladay will be there to announce his retirement and officially do so as a Blue Jay.
I loved Doc. All of the cliches were all too real with him. "A true professional." "Played the game the right way." "A man's man." It was an absolute treat to watch him pitch in Philadelphia and a whole generation of Phillies fans (the one's who don't remember Steve Carlton) got to see the best pitcher on the planet trot out there every five days and pitch in Phillies' pinstripes.
The memories Doc provided will always be there. He is the only man who could've made hundreds of thousands of Philadelphia fans switch their televisions from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Flyers and Blackhawks to a May 29th Phillies-Marlins game. The perfect game was just the second in franchise history.
Halladay's name will forever be linked with Don Larsen as the only two men to throw postseason no-hitters. Halladay, to further his lore in Philadelphia, did it in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS in his first career postseason start. The man was a machine.
The 36-year-old struggled in his final two years in Philadelphia but it didn't make the tough Phillies fans like him any less. Two All-Star seasons, two Division Championships, a Cy Young, and a hardworking mentality endeared Doc to the fans here.
He posted a 55-29 record with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in four seasons in Philadelphia. His struggles over the last two seasons were clear in the numbers going 15-13 with a 5.15 ERA but was 40-16 with a 2.40 ERA in his first two seasons in Philadelphia. The injuries derailed him.
They say pitching is an art. To call Halladay an artist would be a disservice to his work. Halladay created masterpieces. His pitches moved in a way that made physics professors wonder how it is possible.
Congratulations Roy Halladay on an incredible Major League career.
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