The Phillies announced former-Phillies ace Roy Halladay and former-manager Charlie Manuel will return to Citizens Bank Park as part of their annual Phillies Alumni Weekend.
Halladay will return on Friday, August 8th to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Phillies game against the Mets at 7:05 pm. All fans in attendance will receive a Roy Halladay bobblehead figurine.
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.
Manuel will be honored on Saturday, August 9th at 6:50 pm as he will be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame. Wall of Famers Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt, along with 11 others, are expected to be in attendance. All fans will receive a commemorative print of Manuel.
It is an honor everyone knew was coming for Manuel. He will go down as the greatest manager in Phillies history as he is the winning-est manager in franchise history and delivered one of the two World Series championships. Manuel was 780-636 (.551) in eight and a half seasons between 2005-2013 with the Phillies winning one World Series and two National League pennants. He has exactly 1,000 wins as a Major League manager.
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