Doc Calls It a Career
- Updated: December 9, 2013
One of the greatest pitchers in baseball history hung up his cleats today.
Harry Leroy “Roy” Halladay retired on Monday, signing a one day contract with the team that drafted him, the Toronto Blue Jays. Halladay spent the first 11 years of his career in Toronto before being acquired by the Phillies heading into the 2010 season.
Halladay came to Philadelphia with much fanfare and excitement. The Phillies were coming off a second straight World Series appearance and were looking to bring home another championship. Halladay seemed to be just what the “Doctor” ordered. He brought a Cy Young award and many all-star appearances with him to Philadelphia.
He did not disappoint, and in fact Halladay might have exceeded the already lofty expectations put upon him.
In four seasons with the Fightins’, Doc won 55 games, finished with an earned run average of 3.25, and oh by the way threw a perfect game and only the second postseason no-hitter in baseball history. He won the 2010 Cy Young Award, becoming the Phils’ first 20 game winner since John Denny in the process.
The one glaring hole on Doc’s sparkling resume is no World Series ring. When it became clear that Halladay would be traded from Toronto, he made his intentions of playing for a contender known, namely the Philadelphia Phillies. He joined a squad that was fresh off the high of winning the championship and nearly repeating. It seemed as though Doc would help push them back to the top of the mountain.
Unfortunately, the Phillies were not able to win another title for Doc. Still, he was able to pitch in the postseason and pop the champagne cork that had alluded him in Toronto.
Fellow ace Cliff Lee, a Philly fan favorite, once described Halladay as the best pitcher in Major League Baseball. High praise, especially coming as it did from one of the games top hurlers. Lee attributed his opinion to Doc’s relentless work ethic, preparation and constant deception of hitters.
Doc’s career win total stands at 203, his carer ERA is 3.38 and he notched over 2,100 strikeouts in his 16 year career. His respect and love for the game are truly uncommon and not shared by every player out there.
His final statistics might not be Hall of Fame worthy, but Roy Halladay himself most certainly is.
Stats Courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com
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