Roy Halladay announces his retirement from baseball

Roy Halladay announces end of 16-year career at winter meetings. Photo: Roy Halladay retires/AP

LOS ANGELES, December 9, 2013 — Roy Halladay signed a one-day contract Monday with the Toronto Blue Jays and announced his retirement, live on the MLB Network. Speaking at a press conference at the winter meetings in Orlando, Fla. and with his family in attendance, Halladay choked back tears as he made his announcement.

Injuries limited Halladay, 36, in 2013 to just 13 starts, in which he averaged less than five innings per start for the Philadelphia Phillies.

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The future Hall of Famer, possibly on his first-ballot, Roy Halladay compiled 203 wins and 105 losses to go with 2,117 strikeouts during his 16-year career. The two-time Cy Young winner threw 20 shutouts and had 67 complete games with a 3.38 career ERA and 1.17 WHIP.

In 2003, Halladay won the American League Cy Young when he had 22 wins, a 3.25 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 253 strikeouts.

Roy Halladay won the National League Cy Young Award in 2010 with 21 wins, a 2.44 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 231 strikeouts. He pitched a perfect game that year against the Marlins, striking out 11. In Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS, Roy Halladay threw a no-hit shutout against the Reds, allowing only a walk and striking out eight.

Halladay spent his first 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, who drafted him with the 17th overall pick in the 1995 draft. He made his debut on September 20, 1998.

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Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for The Washington Times Communities and also writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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