Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, abruptly announced his retirement after 16 seasons Monday morning. The 36-year-old was injured most of 2013 throwing only 62 innings while pitching to a 6.82 ERA. He had a vesting option for $20 million for next season that he didn’t come close to reaching. He’ll sign a one-day contract to retire a Blue Jay, where he pitched from 1998-2009 before a trade to the Phillies.
This is sad news. For most of the 2000s Halladay was one of, if not, the top righthander in the game. He threw over 200 innings eight times and won the Cy Young award with the Blue Jays in 2003 and Phillies in 2010. It was fairly clear early in 2013, with or without an injury, he didn’t have it any more. There were signs of decline in 2012 when he threw only 156 innings and finished with a 4.69 ERA, snapping a string of seven straight sub 4.00 ERA seasons.
If there’s any positives from this, it’s better to see Halladay retire than try to out there as a shell of his former self. There are few sights as depressing in sports as a player who was formerly great, trying to hold on in his twilight years and recapture greatness.
Halladay retires with a lifetime 203-105 record with a 3.38 ERA. He also threw a no-hitter vs. the Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS on Oct. 7, 2010 joining Don Larsen as the only man to throw one in the postseason. Halladay figures to be voted into the Hall of Fame somewhere down the road, although he likely sits right on the cusp for many voters.