Roy Halladay On The Agony Of Retirement
ROY HALLADAY TO RETIRE AS A BLUE JAY
The TORONTO BLUE JAYS are pleased to announce the contract signing of RHP ROY HALLADAY. This agreement will ensure the legendary right-hander will retire as a Toronto Blue Jay.
Halladay finished a distinguished 16-year career with a record of 203-105 (.659 winning percentage) in 416 games, 390 starts with an ERA of 3.38. Roy is among the Blue Jays 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.
The Denver, Colorado native was the Blue Jays' first round selection in the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft (17th overall) spending the first 12 seasons of his career in a Toronto uniform before his final four in Philadelphia. On May 29, 2010 he pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history and then threw a no-hitter in his first post-season start on October 6 - just the second no-hitter in MLB postseason history. He was the fifth pitcher in Major League history to throw multiple no-hitters in the same season.
Among his many accomplishments are two Cy Young awards (2003 & 2010), and eight All-Star Game selections. He finished in the top 10 in ERA seven times, ranking 2nd three times and led the league in wins twice while ranking in the top 10 eight times. Halladay led the league in innings pitched seven times including five consecutive seasons from 2007-11.
Roy is one of the most professional and dominant pitchers of his generation and the Toronto Blue Jays are very proud and honoured that he will retire as a member of our organization. His talent and determination led our club for many years on the field and his work ethic provided an example for all to follow. He also contributed generously in the community, through the Jays Care Foundation and his own initiatives like Docs Box for patients at Hospital for Sick Children to attend games. Congratulations to Roy on a tremendous career. - Toronto Blue Jays President and CEO, Paul Beeston.
Source: Toronto Blue Jays Media