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Phillies pitching great Roy Halladay retires

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 9, 2013 12:45 PM
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(Orlando, Fla.) -- Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay has retired after 16 seasons in the major leagues with Toronto and Philadelphia.

The 36-year-old right-hander signed a one-day contract today to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career. He made the announcement at a news conference at the winter meetings in Orlando.

"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," says Phils pitcher Cole Hamels. "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."

Halladay played for the Phillies from 2010-13, finishing with two injury-plagued seasons. He won an NL Cy Young Award in 2010, throwing a perfect game that season and a no-hitter in his first postseason game.  He was 203-105 with an ERA of 3.38 in 416 career games, including 390 starts. He had 67 complete games and 20 shutouts.

"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," second baseman Chase Utley says. " 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.”

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