A one-day retirement contract is going to make the pitcher a Blue Jay once more.
Roy Halladay wants to leave baseball a Blue Jay.
The pitcher played with the Blue Jays for 12 seasons before he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in time for the 2010 season. He was awarded the 2003 Cy Young Award for the American League in 2003 while playing with Toronto, and won it again—this time for his work with the Phillies in the National League—in 2010. Over the course of his career, he managed to win 203 games, and rack up 67 complete games and 20 shutouts.
And now that Hallyday is retiring from baseball, he’s going to sign a one-day contract with the Blue Jays that will allow him to exit the sport as a member of his original team.
“I want the Phillies organization to know…I want the fans to know how much I enjoyed my time there,” said Hallyday at a press conference held today. “But to me the biggest thing was, had I not been fortunate enough to come up with the Blue Jays, I never would have had the chance to play for the Phillies. To me, that was the most important thing.”