Recognizing the end is here is admirable and very difficult for athletes who are fierce competitors. Roy Halladay is one of the great competitors who dominated the game from 2002 through 2011. Citing back issues, he officially retired yesterday as a member of the Blue Jays, which is fitting.
Congratulations on a great career, Doc.
Equally important, thanks for all the thrills you gave Phillies fans in your four years in pinstripes.
A World Series isn’t part of his resume. Other greats have experienced the same, including Jim Bunning. Jim’s a Hall of Famer and someday Doc will get there. There’s no higher honor than to be enshrined in Cooperstown.
Thanks to the Phillies communications department, here are a bunch of tributes to Doc:
“Roy was the most prepared, ferociously competitive pitcher I’ve ever been around and was the epitome of professionalism. How he conversed with people and treated his teammates was something I really admired about him. He did it all. He and Jamie Moyer are the most demanding pitchers I’ve ever had. They wanted to get better every time out and if you look at Roy’s numbers, having played in the AL East all those years, winning two Cy Youngs, pitching a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter, he should absolutely get strong consideration for the Hall of Fame.” Rich Dubee
“I know it must have been hard for Roy to make this decision to retire because I know how much he loved to play the game. Roy was, without a doubt, one of the greatest competitors I ever had the pleasure of being around.” Charlie Manuel
“Roy was a great player and a very special friend. To have caught both his perfect game and playoff no-hitter is something I will remember for the rest of my life. I wish him and his family all the best in retirement.” Carlos Ruiz
“He was one of the best competitors who ever played this game and taught everyone around him to prepare the right way in order to be the best. For me, personally, he helped me understand the game more and gave me insight on how to become a top of the line starting pitcher.” Cole Hamels
“Roy was probably the best influence in my career. Being able to spend the last four years with him taught me what work ethic and commitment are all about. In my eyes, the game just lost the best pitcher of the last 10 years.” Kyle Kendrick
“Roy Halladay is the ultimate competitor. He is by far the hardest worker that I’ve ever seen and treated every game as if it were his last. It was no coincidence why he was the best pitcher of his era. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to watch him pitch for four years. I’ll miss his presence and passion but, most of all, I will miss his intensity.” Chase Utley
“Roy was one of the best. There are no shortcuts to greatness; Roy understood that, and that’s why he never took any. “I wish I could’ve gotten him that ring he desired. That’s my only regret while having him on my team.” Jimmy Rollins
“It’s been an honor playing along side Roy Halladay. His tenacity, attention to detail, and preparation was second to none. He is one of the greatest competitors I’ve ever played with. We will definitely miss him, as will the game of baseball.” Ryan Howard
“Roy Halladay is one the most dominant, consistent professional pitchers I’ve ever had the privilege of playing with. He was a great teammate, but an even better father, friend and role model. He is one of those guys who is determined and driven to be great at whatever he does. I wish him and his family all the best.” Raúl Ibañez
“Roy was one of the best pitchers and students of the game I’ve ever had the honor of playing with. Hands down, he was the best pitcher of this era and a first ballot Hall of Famer.” Roy Oswalt
“I’m very sad to see Roy retire but very happy to have been his teammate. He was a special player, and it was my great fortune to be able and watch him pitch. Hopefully he enjoys retirement.” Jamie Moyer
Then from the social media world of twitter:
“I want to congratulate Roy Halladay on a great career! Blessed to have played with such a fierce competitor and one of the best teammates.” Shane Victorino
“Congrats to Roy Halladay on an unbelievable career! It was an honor to be in the same dugout as you!” Cameron Rupp
“The great Roy Halladay retires. I am honored that in my one plate appearance against him, I scared him into walking me.” Doug Glanville
“It was an honor to play with Doc. Hardest worker I have ever seen. One of the best! It was a privilege to be on the same team as him. #34.” Jake Diekman
“What an honor it was to be in the same rotation as Halladay. Huge mentor for me in my rookie season and even harder worker. Will be missed.” Jonathan Pettibone
“I’m honored to be the very last out Roy Halladay got– 8,247 went down before me. Congrats to him on such an outstanding career.” Ed Lucas, Marlins first baseman.
The record shows that Lucas fouled out in the first inning in Marlins Park on September 25, Doc’s final start of the season. Doc’s last win came against the same Marlins, September 17, 6-4, at Citizens Bank Park, 1 run in 6 innings, allowing 4 hits.
Many assumed they might be the final two starts for the Phillies. Little did we know.
203 wins, 105 losses, 3.38 ERA. 2 Cy Youngs. 2 no-hitters including a perfect game. Cooperstown numbers.