Roy Halladay Says Back Not Shoulder Prompted Retirement

Roy Halladay had a distinguished 16-year career of which he spent 12 with the Toronto Blue Jays where he earned the nickname “Doc” from the late Blue Jay radio announce Tom Cheek in reference to the Wild West gunslinger Doc Holliday.

Halladay_RetirementAfter spending the past four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies Halladay chose to sign a 1-day contract and hang up his spikes as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.

According to the Blue Jays press release he is among the club leaders in many pitching categories, ranking 2nd in wins (148), strikeouts (1495) and shutouts (15), 3rd in ERA (3.43), starts (287), complete games (49) and innings pitched (2046.2).

His 148-76 record as a Blue Jay resulted in a .661 winning percentage which is the highest mark in club history.

He and Roger Clemens are the only two Blue Jays with two 20 win seasons for Toronto and his 22 victories in 2003 are the most in club history.

In talking to reporters at the winter meetings Halladay said that it was a back ailment, not shoulder problems, that led him to retire rather than risk the possibility of grinding it out and eventually having back surgery.  In addition to physical ailments he felt it was time to walk away from the game and devote more time to his wife and two sons.

 

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