Roy Halladay made a surprising announcement this morning. He announced his retirement from MLB. No one knows if the Philadelphia Phillies knew this was coming, but the fans certainly did not. It comes as a surprise as the Winter Meetings are happening in Orlando and Halladay became a free agent after the season ended. He could have ended up with a new deal by the end of the week.
Halladay made the announcement that he is going to sign a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and then go ahead with his retirement. It surprised me that he was not going to retire in Phillies pinstripes, but the Blue Jays drafted him. He was with them for 11 seasons. This shows that Halladay has class by going back to the team that believed in him.
Although it is sad Halladay is not finishing his career with the Phillies, he has gave Philadelphia fans memories we will never forget. In 2010 during Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds, Halladay brought his A game and threw a no-hitter. No one expected it, and it turned into a game everyone will continue to talk about.
The second memory is a classic. Halladay had the once in a lifetime opportunity of pitching a perfect game. This occurred on May 29, 2010 against the Miami Marlins. Us fans may have had to watch it on our television screens, but it still felt as if we were there. We witnessed history that day, and who knows when it will happen again.
Halladay finished his career with the Phillies with 55 wins and just 29 losses. Though he has struggled the two seasons with injury, no one will forget what he done for the team. It is shame that he does not have a World Series ring to go with a great career. The Phillies organization is going to miss Halladay. He has been a big part of the rotation and is going to be hard to replace. Good luck in your retirement, Doc!