Roy Halladay announces retirement

The Phillies must decide whether or not to re-up with Roy Halladay. Credit: Getty Images
Roy Halladay has called it quits after a 16-year career.
Credit: Getty Images

Roy Halladay is ready to call it a career.

The two-time Cy Young winner held a press conference Monday to announce he is retiring from the majors. He signed a one-day contract and will retire as a Blue Jay, where he spent the first 12 years of his career.

“We took a lot of time making the decision, but I really feel like it’s the right decision for us,” Halladay said of the decision, made along with his wife, Brandy. “We’ll improve the quality of life and give me a chance to hopefully not ruin my kids.”

Halladay was traded to the Phillies in the 2010 offseason and had a few tremendous moments in Philadelphia. He went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA in his first season with the Phillies, leading the National League in innings pitched and wins on his way to claiming his second career Cy Young Award.

“Baseball’s been so great to me and my goal is to try and leave baseball better than when I found it and I’ve tried to do that in my career,” Halladay said. “I’ve tried to be respectful to the game and do things the right way.

But it was two marvelous pitching performances which won over fans in Philadelphia.

He pitched a perfect game on May 29, 2010 against the Marlins in a 1-0 victory. It was just the 20th perfect game in baseball history at that time.

He was again unhittable in the playoffs that fall. He pitched a no-hitter against the Reds on Oct. 6 in Game 1 of the NLDS. He allowed just one walk and struck out eight Reds in the second no-hitter in MLB playoff history (following Yankee Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series).

Halladay was 19-6 with a 2.35 and 220 strikeouts in his second season in Philadelphia. He finished second in NL Cy Young voting that season.

But Halladay never reclaimed the magic of those first two seasons in 2012 or 2013. He went just 15-13 with a 5.15 ERA over the last two seasons as he dealt with injuries and a loss in velocity.

“I looked forward to that fifth day more than anything,” Halladay said. “To go out there and know it’s not going to feel good and I wasn’t going to do it the way I wanted was frustrating. I tried to give everything I can but something was holding me back. I felt I couldn’t give them what I wanted to.”

The 36-year-old was a free agent this offseason, but chose to retire as opposed to signing a short-term deal and try to prove himself again. Halladay made mention of the fact in his press conference that he didn’t want to mislead future teams into thinking everything was right with him physically.

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