Toronto Blue Jays: Roy Halladay’s best moments in Toronto

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: Pitcher Roy Halladay
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: Pitcher Roy Halladay /
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Roy Halladay
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Retiring as a member of the Blue Jays

There should not have been a doubt whether Halladay would retire as a member of the Blue Jays and answered those questions when he signed a one-day contract with the team in 2013.

Halladay battled through injuries in his final season with the Phillies and it was noticeable in his pitches where his fastball was averaging 88 miles per hour. It was also a time to spend more time with his family and the injuries made it an easier choice.

“There’s a lot of travel and a lot of time away from family and loved ones,” he said when explaining his decision to retire. “I felt this is a great time for me to get back involved and help my kids. They’re starting to strive for their dreams and that’s something I want to be part of, so I’m looking forward to that.”

He was 36-years-old at the time he retired finishing with two CY Young Awards in 2003 and 2010 but was unable to capture a World Series ring. The closest he would come would be in 2011 when the Phillies were eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

He finished his tenure in Toronto as being the second pitcher to have two 20 win seasons after Roger Clemens.

"“For me it was just not quitting,” Halladay said on how he wanted to be remembered. “I definitely had some bumps in the road and even when things were good, you’re going to have some bad days. I didn’t ever feel like when I took the mound I gave anything less than my best effort . . . and I’m really proud that I feel like I was able to do that.”"

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