Roy Halladay gave his body to baseball. When it gave out, with his back and shoulder severely compromised, it seemed to go quickly. In 2011 he was the runner-up for what would have been his third Cy Young Award. Two years later he is done. Halladay, 36, announced his retirement from baseball on Monday.
In what could stand as the epitaph to his career, Halladay said, "I didn't want to give up the ball." He was the most dogged pitcher of his generation and at times the absolute best. There was nothing like him in this age of specialization. Since Jack Morris retired in 1994, only Randy Johnson (74) threw more complete games than Halladay (67).
From age 30 to 34, he became the first pitcher since Warren Spahn a half century ago to lead his league in complete games for five straight years. At the height of his brilliance—which followed a career comeback after being demoted all the way to Class A baseball to relearn how to pitch—Halladay went 170--75 with a 2.97 ERA, a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter in a 10-year window that should punch his ticket to the Hall of Fame. Halladay (203--105 lifetime) will go on the 2018 ballot with Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Todd Helton. "I wanted to be in the game as long as I possibly could," he said. "Maybe there were times I shouldn't have taken the ball, but I wasn't going to tell anybody."
Had he been less driven, Halladay said, he might have squeezed two or three more years out of his body. Had he been less driven, he would not have found his way from 24-year-old Class A reclamation project to likely Hall of Famer.
December 16, 2013
They Said It
"We were eating pasta. He had elbow pasta; I had shell pasta; and I told him how my shell pasta is better than his elbow pasta. And he was pretty upset about that. He loves elbow pasta, but I disagree. I think shell pasta is better. I don't care. I will stand by that. Shell pasta."
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