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Roy (Doc) Halladay retires after 16 years in baseball

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He spent the last four years in Philadelphia, two of those years wowing fans and pitching games made for the record books. The next two years trying to work his way through shoulder problems. At some point in the last few months Roy Halladay decided it was time to retire. On Monday he did just that as he signed a one day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he spent the first twelve years of his career, and then retired.

Citing a desire to avoid surgery for his ailing back and wanting to spend more time with his family Halladay choked up and held back tears as he made his announcement at the winter meeting in Lake Buena Vista ,Fla. According to the ESPN news service video Halladay said, “As a baseball player, you realize that's something you can't do the rest of your life. I really don't have any regrets."

He came to the Philadelphia in 2010 after the Phillies had won three straight division championships, the 2008 World Series and the 2009 NL Championship and the eventual loss to the New York,Yankees in the 2009 World Series.

He was brought in to bolster the Phillies pitching staff and help the team get back to the promised land of the World Series. In 2010 he won a Cy Young award, pitched a perfect game against the Marlins and pitched a no hitter in his first post season appearance.

In his first two years in pinstripes he helped the Phillies compile the best record in the majors but the team lost to San Francisco in 2010 in the NLCS and in 2011 to St. Louis in the NL Division series.

Halladay took out an ad in the Tuesday edition of the Philadelphia Daily News, thanking the fans for all their support over the last four years. Halladay retired with dignity and class. Have a good retirement Doc the game will miss you. See you in the Hall of Fame some day.

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