Roy Halladay Retirement Reactions: He's a Hall of Famer, right?

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Halladay's dominance in the Bigs is over; how will you remember him?

Roy Halladay surprised the baseball world today with an impromptu press conference where he re-signed with his original team—and major league home for 12 years—the Toronto Blue Jays and officially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball.

The News Breaks

The Reaction

This news certainly came out of left field, so we were treated with some real and sincere initial reactions to Halladay's announcement. This is how it looked across Twitter.

Was it a smart decision for Halladay to retire? Perhaps. While Halladay was coming off of injuries and a lost 2013 season where both his velocity and effectiveness decreased, there was interest thereJorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger tweeted earlier that the New York Mets had reached out to Halladay prior to the announcement. As Ken Rosenthal said, if Halladay thought he could compete, he'd be out there. This announcement tells me that he does not think that his back nor shoulder could hold up.

The following tweet from Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan brings up another topic that has been greatly discussed today...

The Hall of Fame Question

Is Roy Halladay a Hall of Famer? As one of the most dominant pitchers of an era full of sluggers and cheaters, you can sure make the argument. Here are some of those who did just that.

While it's up for discussion there seems to be not much of a debate here. 2,749.1 innings pitched, 3.38 ERA, 360 starts, 67 complete games—20 of them shutouts, 203 wins, 2,117 strikeouts and a 1.178 WHIP in his career... Yeah.

Whether or not Halladay winds up in the Hall of Fame has yet to be seen, what I do know is that he was one of the most dominant, professional, class acts that Major League Baseball has seen in the last 15 years. He will be missed.


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