Roy Halladay retires as a Blue Jay

The pitcher made the announcement today

Roy Halladay is retiring as a Toronto Blue Jay.

The Blue Jays announced Monday they've signed the veteran pitcher to a deal that will allow the right-hander to retire in Toronto colours.

Halladay was Toronto's first-round selection in the 1995 major league draft and pitched 12 seasons with the Blue Jays, winning the 2003 Cy Young award.

Halladay spent his final four major-league seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, winning a second Cy Young award in 2010.

``Roy is one of the most professional and dominant pitchers of his generation and the Toronto Blue Jays are very proud and honoured he will retire as a member of our organization,'' Jays president and CEO Paul Beeston said in a statement. ``His talent and determination led our club for many years on the field and his work ethic provided an example for all to follow.

``He also contributed generously in the community, through the Jays Care Foundation and his own initiatives like 'Doc's Box' for patients at Hospital for Sick Children to attend games. Congratulations to Roy on a tremendous career.''

On May 29, 2010 he pitched the 20th perfect game in major-league history and threw a no-hitter Oct. 6 in his first playoff start - just the second no-hitter in baseball post-season history.

Halladay amassed a career record of 203-105 in 416 games, 390 being starts.

The eight-time all-star also has an earned-run average of 3.38.

Halladay retires ranked second among Toronto pitchers in wins (148), strikeouts (1495) and shutouts (15) and third in ERA (3.43), starts (287), complete games (49) and innings pitched (2046.2). His .661 career winning percentage (148-76) is the highest in club history.

Halladay and Roger Clemens are the only two Blue Jays with two 20-win seasons, and Halladay's 22 victories in '03 are the most in club history.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 12/10/2013 10:56 AM
    Thank you Doc. For gracing us with your presence, and being one of the better superstar pitchers to emerge from Toronto- with a high sense of class, and loyalty.
    Two thumbs up all the way.
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