Roy Halladay, perhaps the best starting pitcher in the history of the Toronto Blue Jays, has retired from baseball as a member of the Blue Jays.
Halladay spent the last 4 seasons with Philadelphia, but signed a one-day contract with Toronto to retire as a Blue Jay.
A shoulder injury is forcing retirement at the relatively young age of 36. Halladay missed most of 2013 after having surgery on his shoulder to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and remove a bone spur.
Halladay got 148 of his 203 wins in a Toronto uniform as well as 1495 of his 2117 strikeouts. He won the 2003 AL Cy Young Award with a 22-7 record. Halladay had 6 seasons of 16+ wins and had 3 years where he had 9 complete games. He came in second in Cy Young voting in 2008 (20-11) and third in 2006 (16-5). Halladay also was a 6-time All-Star for the Blue Jays.
He also won the Cy Young Award in 2010 for Philadelphia after being traded by Toronto. Halladay went 21-10 and also pitched a no-hitter against Cincinnati in the playoffs, becoming only the second pitcher in MLB history to pull off that feat in the postseason.
Halladay went 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA in 2011. But injuries made things rough for the last couple of seasons.
Faced with losing the star pitcher to free agency in late 2009, Toronto traded Halladay with cash to the Phillies for catcher Travis d'Arnaud, pitcher Kyle Drabek and outfielder Michael Taylor. You might remember that d'Arnaud went to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal. Drabek is still with the team, and the Jays have outfielder Anthony Gose (via Brett Wallace) for Michael Taylor.
Toronto was destined to not get nearly enough back in the deal, but Philadelphia was probably expecting more than 4 years of Halladay.
As much as Halladay may someday be in the Hall of Fame (and go in as a Blue Jays player), he struggled early in his career in the minor leagues.
The Blue Jays sent Halladay all the down to A ball where pitching guru Mel Queen worked on Halladay both physically and mentally.
The changes made all the difference in Halladay, who went on to be one of 5 pitchers to win a Cy Young Award in both leagues.
Former Toronto Blue Jays manager Bobby Cox is going to the Hall of Fame. Okay, so his time in Atlanta is why he'll be in Cooperstown.
Cox, along with fellow former managers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, was elected to the Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era Committee.
Cox did manage the Blue Jays for 4 seasons (1982-1985) as they were heading toward respectability. In that last season, the Blue Jays won their first division crown ever, going 99-62. Unfortunately, Toronto blew a 3-1 lead in the American League Championship Series to the Kansas City Royals.
Cox was named AL Manager of the Year in 1985 after finishing 4th in 1984 and 3rd in 1983.
He left after the 1985 season to be Atlanta's general manager. 5 years later, Cox was managing Atlanta and the rest is history. Though we should note that the Blue Jays defeated Cox's Braves in the 1992 World Series.
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