Halladay Retires

Halladay Makes HistoryRoy Halladay will announcement his retirement this afternoon at a news conference at the Winter Meetings.

He will sign a one-day contract and retire a Blue Jay.

The retirement should not come as a complete surprise. Halladay, 36, had a 5.15 ERA over the past two seasons as he has battled shoulder problems, which included surgery in May. His ERA ranked 161st out of 169 pitchers with 163 1/3 or more innings the past two seasons.

He simply had not been himself.

But Halladay absolutely dominated the game for more than a decade prior. He went 175-78 with a 2.98 ERA from 2001-11. Only Johan Santana (2.94) had a better ERA among pitchers with 1,500 or more innings pitched. Only CC Sabathia (176) had more wins. Halladay had 64 complete games in that span, 30 more than Livan Hernandez. He had 19 shutouts, seven more than Chris Carpenter. Halladay ranked first in WAR (65.4), ERA+ (148), strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.52) and winning percentage (.692); second in walks per nine innings (1.55) and opponents OPS (.642); third in WHIP (1.11); fourth in innings (2,300); and fifth in strikeouts (1,795),

He won the American League Cy Young in 2003 and National League Cy Young in 2010. He threw a perfect game for the Phillies in 2010, and a n0-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series.

Hall of Famer?

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13 Comments

I am very sad.

Heartbreak

Definitely the right decision. He obviously doesn’t have much left in the tank. Sad that we couldn’t give him a World Series ring.

IMO, def HOF

In the long run, with hind sight, this will go down as another bad contract and move by RAJ. Only in this case, no one can complain. We got one great year out of Doc and 2 lousy ones. As for HOF, I don’t think so

How do you figure? His 2011 stats were comparable to 2010 when he won the Cy Young. I’ll give you 12 and 13 as being busts but no one in baseball could have predicted that his decline would be as dramatic and quick as it was.

Absolutely a Hall of Famer. Maybe even first ballot.

Good decision. So long Doc. You were one of the best in the game for a while.

Is that a rhetorical question?

HOF, maybe. Shame he played for bad teams, win total is pretty low (203). But with 2 CYA’s, perfect game and no hitter in playoffs, I expect he’ll get in eventually. Certainly enjoyed watching him up close and respect his decision to not hang on like Carlton did and tarnish a great career. Thanks for giving us your best Roy!

Unfortunately, I think he’s borderline. Needed 2-3 more really good years to solidify the HOF resume (and lower his career ERA below 3). That being said, I hope the writers who vote take into consideration the intangibles like how great a person he is and how hard a worker he is. Along with his shutouts, perfect game, CY awards, he should make it in, but probably not first ballot.

His metrics are def HOF. Relatively low wins will hurt. Winning % def HOF.

Very sad to hear this but it was the right decision. I hope that he will come back to Citizens Bank Park once during the season so that the Phillies fan can thank him in person for all he did for our club. Doc thanks for everything. Baseball is a better sport for you having been a part of the sport. Next stop the HOF.

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