The Doctor has checked out after 16 years in the big leagues. Today, Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies ace pitcher Roy Halladay is announcing his retirement from MLB after he signs a one-day contract with the team that he started out with, the Blue Jays.
Phillies fans could be a bit disappointed that he won’t retire with them, but it does not matter who you retire with. Halladay probably had closer ties with the Blue Jays since he started his career with them. He was second on the Blue Jays all-time in wins and strikeouts.
As a Phillies fan, I will never forget 2010, when Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Miami Marlins and also threw a no-hitter in his first postseason appearance against the Cincinnati Reds. It is a shame that he was never able to capture a World Series title in his 16 years in the league, but a player does not need a ring to be considered great.
The retirement seems to come at the right time. Injuries kept him out for the majority of the last two seasons that he played with Philadelphia. With age comes injuries, and Halladay was no exception.
He finishes with over 200 wins as a starter, and accumulated over 2,000 strikeouts in his years in the league. The numbers alone should be enough for consideration for the Baseball Hall of Fame. As for now, congrats to one of the best pitchers of this era to play the game of baseball. Being a pitcher is a tough job, but Halladay did it for 16 years. Much respect to Doc.