Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay has decided to call it quits at the age of 36 years old. His retirement brings a sad day to the baseball world, as he was by far one of the best pitchers in the big leagues over the last 15 years. Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays so that he could retire with the team that gave him his first start in the majors.
The right-hander struggled mightily for the Phillies in 2013 after his shoulder continuously gave him problems. He underwent a successful surgery in May, which gave every indication that he would be able to pitch again in 2014. However, it appears that the mixture of his throwing motion not being the same and the fact that he’s a free agent has a lot to do with his retirement.
The unlucky part about Halladay’s early exit from baseball is that he still had plenty left to give if Mother Nature would have allowed it. Unfortunately, it seems it simply wasn’t in the cards.
The veteran really can’t complain considering how well he played for so long. Not to mention, the two Cy Young Awards, eight All-Star appearances, a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter under his belt is all the reassurance he needs to walk away from the game with his head held high.
At this point, Halladay’s biggest concern will be if his career will be good enough to garner Hall of Fame attention. The good news for him is that there is no question in my mind it will be a done deal once he becomes eligible.
Halladay’s remarkable career consists of 203 wins, 2,117 strikeouts, 2,749 1/3 innings and a 3.38 earned run average in 416 games (390 starts).