Halladay reaction: Rollins, Howard, Chooch, more

Halladay reaction: Rollins, Howard, Chooch, more

Sandberg reflects on Halladay's work ethic

December 9, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Roy Halladay announced his retirement on Monday after 16 major-league seasons. (AP)

Updated: 6:20 p.m.

Several teammates Monday offered well-wishes to Roy Halladay, who retired after 16 major-league seasons (see story). Here are some others:

Jimmy Rollins:
"Roy was one of the best. There are no shortcuts to greatness; Roy understood that, and that's why he never took any. I wish I could've gotten him that ring he desired. That's my only regret while having him on my team."

Ryan Howard:
"It's been an honor playing alongside Roy Halladay. His tenacity, attention to detail, and preparation was second to none. He is one of the greatest competitors I've ever played with. We will definitely miss him, as will the game of baseball."

Rich Dubee:
"Roy was the most prepared, ferociously competitive pitcher I've ever been around and was the epitome of professionalism. How he conversed with people and treated his teammates was something I really admired about him. He did it all. He and Jamie Moyer are the most demanding pitchers I've ever had. They wanted to get better every time out and if you look at Roy's numbers, having played in the AL East all those years, winning two Cy Youngs, pitching a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter, he should absolutely get strong consideration for the Hall of Fame."

Raul Ibanez:
"Roy Halladay is one the most dominant, consistent professional pitchers I've ever had the privilege of playing with. He was a great teammate, but an even better father, friend and role model. He is one of those guys who is determined and driven to be great at whatever he does.  I wish him and his family all the best."

Charlie Manuel:
"I know it must have been hard for Roy to make this decision to retire because I know how much he loved to play the game. Roy was, without a doubt, one of the greatest competitors I ever had the pleasure of being around."

Jamie Moyer:
“I’m very sad to see Roy retire but very happy to have been his teammate. He was a special player, and it was my great fortune to be able and watch him pitch. Hopefully he enjoys retirement.”

Carlos Ruiz:
“Roy was a great player and a very special friend. To have caught both his perfect game and playoff no-hitter is something I will remember for the rest of my life. I wish him and his family all the best in retirement.”