Yesterday, Roy Halladay announced his retirement after signing a one day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. The sentiment of signing a player right before retirement is always one that makes me glad to be a baseball fan. For a player of Halladay's stature to be able to go out with the team that brought him to the big leagues has got to be a sweet ending.
Roy, the man who threw a no hitter in the World Series, will undoubtedly go down as one of the dominant pitchers of his generation. His numbers, and I won't get into them here, were off the charts. Halladay had only three or four seasons of double digit losses in a sixteen year career. Amazing. His ERA always remained low and his strikeouts were predictably high. The next stop for this outstanding pitcher will surely be at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
So, if you get an opportunity and do not have one yet, grab yourself a Halladay autograph. For such a great player, deals are still out there to be had.
All the best, Roy. Congrats on a great career.