Roy Halladay retires as member of Blue Jays

Roy Halladay retires as member of Blue Jays

December 9, 2013, 11:00 am
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Roy Halladay will finish his career 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA. (USA Today Images)

Roy Halladay retired Monday, Jim Salisbury of has confirmed. Halladay announced a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, the team he played 12 seasons with before coming to the Phillies.

Halladay had been believed to be seeking another contract but instead will retire at 36 after 16 big-league seasons.

Halladay will finish with a career record of 203-105 and a 3.38 ERA. In 2,749 innings, he struck out 2,117 batters and walked 592, the 16th-best strikeout-to-walk ratio in baseball history.

Halladay spent 12 years in Toronto and four with the Phils. He was a dominant force in the National League after being traded here for Kyle Drabek, Travis D'Arnaud and Michael Taylor, going 40-16 from 2010-11 with a 2.40 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He called his time in Philly the "icing on the cake" to his career (see story).

He won two Cy Young awards and made eight All-Star teams. Halladay twice led his league in wins, led in innings four times, had the fewest walks three times and the most complete games seven different years.

During Halladay's decade of dominance (2002-11), he led all major-league starters in wins, innings, K/BB ratio and WAR. He was second in ERA and WHIP, to Johan Santana. Most impressively, Halladay had 63 complete games -- 30 more than any pitcher and more than 19 teams.

Halladay won the Cy Young award with the Phils in 2010 and finished second in the voting in 2011. He pitched a perfect game in Miami as a Phillie and also tossed a playoff no-hitter against the Reds in his first ever postseason start.

But Halladay struggled through shoulder issues in 2012 and 2013. His velocity decreased and at times in 2013 he appeared not to know where the ball was going after leaving his hand. He walked 36 batters in 62 innings this past season, after averaging 32 walks in 242 innings his first two years with the Phils.