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Roy Halladay is retiring from baseball

Dec 9, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

A dreary Monday morning just got a bit tougher.

Roy Halladay is set to retire from the game of baseball. He’ll sign a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and make the announcement later this afternoon, according to multiple reports.

source: APThe decline of Halladay was one of the tougher things to watch on a Phillies team that was headed nowhere. He went from being one of the absolutely most dominating pitchers in the game to a proud guy struggling to come to terms with time and decline.

Halladay was on the mound for the best (aside from 2008 World Series Game 5) and worst games I’ve ever been in attendance for. The no-hitter against the Reds and the brutal, brutal loss in game 5 against the Cardinals in the playoffs.

This will be a tough day for Phillies fans. If there was one guy you wanted to see get a championship ring in his career, it was Roy Halladay.

That will never happen now.

UPDATE: You can watch Roy’s retirement press conference live at 12:30 pm here.

...more thoughts as we process them…

  1. Jay D - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Thank you Roy…
    Class act
    hall of fame

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  2. Marvin Monroe - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    It’s sad to see him go. He was truly a great pitcher and an amazing person.

    Maybe he will finally go to the Zoo.

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  3. Franchise - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    So sad. I will still wear my 34 with pride at the bank. Thank you Roy, it was always funner with you on the team

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  4. Pete D - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Amen, was at both games as well. For me the think I’ll remember most about him is how he pitched when he may not have had his best stuff. He would let a couple runners on but you knew they weren’t going to score that inning. Really wish he would have won a title.

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  5. Brian - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I’m so sad to see this. Not really sure what to say other than “Thank You, Roy. It was a joy to watch you play.”

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