Phillies Pitcher Roy Halladay Retires

(Photo courtesy of upi.com)
(Photo courtesy of upi.com)

After playing 15 years in the MLB, two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay has retired.  He announced his retirement this past Monday after signing a “Ceremonial” one-day contract with the team he made his MLB debut with, the Toronto Blue Jays.

Roy Halladay made his debut in 1998 with the Toronto Blue Jays and spent 11 years with them before signing with the Phillies in 2010.  Since then, he has attained accolades such as an eight time All-Star, two time Cy Young Award winner, AL Wins Champion (2003), and NL Wins Champion (2010).  Halladay also earned the cover athlete of the Major League Baseball 2K11 video game when he recorded a 19-6 record in the 2011 season.

He is known best for his dominant pitching performance.  On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history against the Florida Marlins and won the game 1-0 retiring all 27 batters and striking out 11 batters and was commemorated for his stellar performance.  He would repeat history again on October 6, 2010, this time pitching a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the playoffs.  The Phillies ultimately won the game 4-0 and Halladay became only the second pitcher in MLB history to pitch a no-hitter in the playoffs, sharing this rare accolade with Don Larson of the 1956 New York Yankees, who pitched a perfect game in the World Series.

He has been nominated many times for the Roberto Clemente Award and the Players Choice Award as well as the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award for his work with underprivileged children.  According to Philly.com, several of Halladay’s former teammates have said that he is a role model, a ferocious competitor and a kind and unselfish person.  One example of this is while under contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, Halladay donated $100,000 each year to the Jays Care Foundation.

Halladay was such a determined competitor, who always gave 100% out there on the field.  He will definitely go down as one of the most dominant pitching greats in MLB history.

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