After 16 seasons, Roy Halladay has called it a career. Halladay announced his retirement during MLB’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida. He spent 12 of those 16 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays before joining the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010. On Monday, Halladay signed a one day contract with Toronto so he could officially retire as a Blue Jay.
Halladay was a first round draft pick by the Jays in 1995. He would make his major league debut late in the 1998 season. In his second big league start, Halladay came within one out of throwing a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers before Bobby Higginson took him deep.
By 2000, however, Halladay was going in the wrong direction. That season he went 4-7 with an astronomical 10.64 ERA. In 2001, Halladay was sent all the way down to Class-A Dunedin to learn how to pitch all over again under the tutelage of the late Mel Queen.