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Philadelphia Phillies star retires from baseball

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Roy Halladay, aged 36, has officially decided to part with the game of baseball this morning.

The two-time CY Young award winner signed a one-day contract in order to retire with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Halladay spent 11 years in Canada in which he achieved impressive accolades and statistics with the Blue Jays racking up 148 victories and 1,495 strikeouts, for the club, both good enough for second among all time in the franchise behind Dave Steib.

During his impressive stint north of the border Halladay made six all-star games for the American League conference and won a CY Young for his simply sublime season in posting a 22–7 record with a 3.25 ERA in 266 innings.

He also recorded 204 strikeouts and only 32 walks. Despite Halladay's dominance on the mound the Blue Jays never made the playoffs during Hallday's eleven year stint at the club between 1999-2008.

In 2009, Halladay decided to move back to the United States and signed for the National League team Philadelphia Phillies who were defeated in the world series against the Blue Jays division rivals New York Yankees 4-2.

Quite a contrast for Halladay between the two sides. During Halladay's first season in Philadelphia, the right hander had one of the best seasons in recent memory for any pitcher.

"Doc" went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA, setting a career high with 219 strikeouts while issuing just 30 walks. He led the National League in wins, innings pitched, and complete games.

Up until May of 2010 there had only been 18 perfect games in history but Halladay changed that with his amazing feat against the former Florida Marlins in their home ballpark (it's no wonder they changed their name!)

During the 2010 season, Halladay also pitched a no hitter in the postseason against the Cincinatti Reds - becoming just the second pitcher of all time to pitch a postseason no hitter and the first pitcher in baseball history to pitch a perfect game and a no hitter in the same season.

Halladay received the NL CY Young award for his phenomenal season, his second CY Young of his career - winning one in each league being one of five to do so.

Since 2012, Halliday has struggled through age and injury but has always made his presence felt in the Phillies dugout.

Halladay's last game came as a member of the Phillies - despite the fact he will retired as a Blue Jay on December 9 2013.

Halladay's best season may of been with the Philadelphia Phillies but at least to people north of the border, the veteran will always be remembered as a Toronto Blue Jays.


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