BREAKING: Roy Halladay is Retiring

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This is so incredibly disheartening and kills the joy of a great Eagles win. Jon Heyman is reporting that Roy Halladay is RETIRING, and as a Blue Jay:

There had been much speculation about Halladay’s health over the last few years. His season ended early with “arm fatigue” after he returned from surgery on his throwing shoulder. It was at that point that Halladay acknowledged he was suffering from some sort of diet issue which caused him to lose weight:

Later in his postgame interview with reporters, Halladay admitted that this has been a “stressful” season. He went on to admit that he’s dealt with more than shoulder issues. He said he recently began taking medication for an illness related to diet.

“We got it figured out,” said Halladay, whose weight is noticeably down. “Some of it’s personal. It’s a family history deal. It took us a while to figure out the cause and basically it’s related to diet. They put me on some medicine that will prevent that from happening and ever since then it’s been great.”

Whether that had anything to do with his premature retirement, we may never know. But something was very clearly – visibly – wrong with Halladay these past two seasons.

UPDATE 1: Jim Salisbury reports that Halladay’s announcement will come today. He is signing a one-day contract with the Blue Jays.

UPDATE 2: Has anyone checked on Chooch?

UPDATE 3: 46 minutes ago the Blue Jays tweeted:

UPDATE 4: Just thinking out-loud: This seems abrupt. Less than two-hours notice for a shocking retirement of a superstar. Halladay never seemed to love the spotlight, so I guess this is fitting. I’m disappointed that he’s retiring as a Blue Jay, but he did spend 12 seasons there and only four with the Phillies (feels like more). Arguably, his best season came in 2010, when he went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA, 219 strikeouts, only 30 walks, a 1.04 WHIP, a perfect game and a Postseason no-hitter. On second thought… there’s no argument. His 2010 was one of the greatest seasons ever for a pitcher. Three years later, he could barely throw the ball. I’m sad.

UPDATE 5: Serial killer Jake Diekman:

UPDATE 6: Tough day for this guy:

UPDATE 7: Video from all angles of the final out of Halladay’s Postseason no-hitter with me screaming my head off.

UPDATE 8: The last time Halladay walked off the mound in front of a home crowd (he pitched his last game in Florida):

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UPDATE 9: I don’t know how much Doc is going to tell us at 12:30. There are a few theories: A) He wanted to preserve his dignity and not go out like Steve Carlton. B) His arm troubles are still there. C) Whatever mysterious health issue he had was, as suspected, impacting him more than he let on. Maybe it’s a combination of all three. When you think about it, him retiring isn’t surprising, but it came as a surprise. It makes sense when you step back and assess the situation, but no one – not Doc, not fans – really acknowledged that it was a possibility.

Pic courtesy of Frank from Philliedelphia.com

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28 Comments

  • Horseface Hughes December 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    What a total slap to the Phillies organization retiring as a Blue Jay..total disgust

    • Lowell December 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Hahahaha, “slap to the Phillies organization” for retiring as a Blue Jay. You’re hilarious! 4 years with Philly, and 12 with Toronto… Yep, your comment is completely ridiculous.

    • Scott's Tots December 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Quite the contrary my friend. I think it would be a slap in the face to Toronto if he had retired as a Philadelphia Phillie.

      • Catch a damned pass December 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        Don’t feed the trolls!

  • JPis53 December 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Well at least Amaro can’t sign him!

  • Informed December 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    besides the asshole above, im sure most phillies fans thank him for his past efforts and wish him all the best.

  • Catch a damned pass December 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    ::sad face::

  • DJ December 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I think it’s actually pretty classy for him to retire as a Blue Jay – the guy is a pure professional, nothing short of it. Will miss him for sure – farewell, Roy.

  • Hipple December 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks Doc for what you did for the Phils. Saf day 🙁

  • Pat December 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Hope him the best.. Just don’t understand why retire as a Jay, he stated multiple times he wanted to retire in Philadelphia.. oh well who cares

    • Informed December 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      when he said that i think he meant he wanted to finish his career in philly and not be one of those pitchers that ends their career jumping from team to team. i have no issues whatsoever with him retiring as a blue jay. he was drafted by them and played nearly 75% of his career with them. so, understandable.

  • Jay D December 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    How is it a surprise that he’s retiring a blue jay!?
    Thank you for letting us even get to see you as a phil Roy…. HOF

  • Frank the Tank December 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Who’s going to break the news to ZWR?

  • shes not December 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I just hope they dont have to pay him a penny starting today. Or are they still on the hook for tens of millions?

    • Troll Hamels December 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Good to see you appreciate what he did here, and throughout the course of his career.

      You can relax, he was a free agent this year.

  • The Duke December 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Who really cares what he retires as?

    It’s sad to see a great pitcher – with a warrior like work regimine – get to the point where he can no longer pitch. Like seeing a super hero become mortal.

    Also sad that another piece of the golden era is leaving. He came here to win a title and by all rights he should have a ring. We choked!

    I wish Ryan Howard was retiring instead. Maybe as a parting gift Roy will give Ryan his work ethic.

  • ThePhillyFlash December 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    It was truly an honor to have watched Doc pitch for the Phils, and he will be missed. As for his retiring as a Blue Jay, well, that’s his choice, I don’t fault him for that.

  • Mr. Bowel-Chair December 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    What’s really upsetting: Adam Eaton has more World Series rings than Roy Halladay.

    • Informed December 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      WOW! that is truly saddening! it is quite a shame he never did get a ring. he came here during what was perhaps the two most talented teams the phillies ever fielded (2010 and 2011.) unfortunately, he also came here after many of the core players won a ring, got paid, and then lost the will to get another ring!

  • StayGold December 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Doc Is A Class Act….shame to see him go out like this, he deserved that fucking ring in 2010 or 2011…thanks for the great ones Roy, know that if you’re ever in Philly you will never have to pay for shit, we got this round!

  • Mike Dexter December 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Beat it!!!

  • JVR's mole December 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen get ready for your 2000 phillies

  • step 3: make her open the box December 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    This is truly sad, but I guess it’s better to see him go out on his own terms. I am wondering if it isn’t something like crohn’s disease or something like that? The complete 180 he did was just painful to watch, and not even because we lost games, but I think we all felt the frustration with him and for him. You will be missed Doc, I will never forget being at the 2010 NLDS, definitely the live sporting event of my life.

  • Captain Jack December 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Who cares if he retires a Blue Jay? He sucked when he was here. Constant arm trouble. I bet the Blue Jays knew he was damaged goods when they gave him away. Hallday is cooked.

    • Troll Hamels December 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      ^^ dumbest comment of the day.

  • James December 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Would have loved to see Doc get a ring. Definitely a class act and a player that always gave it his all.

    Any chance we can keep Doc as a special advisor to the pitching coach? Because I’m pretty sure McClure sucks.

  • Dirk Anger December 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I glad he’s retiring & going out with dignity instead of dragging things out & tarnishing his legacy. The man was a Machine here & will always remain one of my all time favorite Phillies. Thanks Doc!

    On a side note: how did RAJ not try to lock him up for another 2-3 years already? I thought he was the final piece in this brilliant offseason of non-acquisitions.

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