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Toronto Blue Jays to retire Roy Halladay’s No. 32 on Opening Day

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The Toronto Blue Jays will retire Roy Halladay‘s number during Opening Day ceremonies. The Blue Jays will pay tribute to Halladay who died in a tragic plane crash on November 7 of last year. In twelve seasons in Toronto, Halladay recorded over 20 wins twice and won the Cy Young Award in 2003. In that year, he went 22-7, with a 3.25 era, and a 1.071 WHIP. Halladay was also a six-time all-star in his career with Toronto.

Roy Halladay becomes the second ever player to have his number retired by the Blue Jays along with Hall of Fame second baseman, Roberto Alomar. After Halladay left Toronto, he played four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. Where his success would continue. In 2010, he won his second Cy Young award as he recorded a 21 wins and posted a 2.44 era. He also threw two no-hitters that season. A perfect game against the Florida Marlins in May and a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in game one of the NLDS. Halladay is only the second player to ever throw a no-hitter in post season play along with Don Larsen.

What made Halladay so tough on the mound was the command that he had for his pitches. He had the ability to throw hard breaking ball pitches which led to a lot of his success in baseball. His cutter has been recorded at 93 mph and it broke hard. His pin-point accuracy and command to paint the corners made him a dangerous pitcher to go up against. He could strike out his fair share of batters, but he dominated at forcing them to hit the ball on the ground. Which in turn caused a lot of double-plays. Halladay finished his 16-year career with a 203-105 record, 2,117 strikeouts, and a 3.38 era. Along with being an eight-time MLB all-star.

The Blue Jays will celebrate Halladay’s life on March 29, before taking the field against the New York Yankees. The team will also wear a commutative No. 32 patch on their jerseys throughout the 2018 season.