The Toronto Blue Jays set the Twitter-verse a fire this morning by announcing at 12:30 press conference, without providing the reason for doing so. Blue Jays fans quickly started spitballing possibilities, everything from a new spring training home to a Colby Rasmus contract extension was bandied about, but alas it was all well of the mark
Halladay and Blue Jays will announce a 1-day contract at press conference so he retires as a jay
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2013
Roy Halladay, one of the best 2 pitchers in the history of the Blue Jays franchise will officially retire as a Blue Jay. Many Blue Jays fans had been calling for a Halladay signing since the beginning of the offseason given the Jays desperate need in the rotation, but needless to say this is not what they meant. Given Halladay’s fiercely competitive nature, one can assume that the hulking right hander no longer felt he could perform at the level that he expected of himself, and wanted to go out before tarnishing (further) what is a fantastic legacy.
Halladay pitched in 12 seasons for the Blue Jays, debuting in 1998 in a September call-up, reaching the peak of his powers in 2003 when he managed to win his first of two Cy Young Awards. Halladay amassed 203 wins while posting a career ERA of 3.38, and will likely be remembered as the greatest pitcher in Blue Jays history (although that honour probably belongs to Dave Stieb)