The no. 32 will now be eternal in Toronto, as the Blue Jays announced that they will retire the number that the beloved pitcher, Roy Halladay, wore for 11 years in Canada. The ceremony will be held at Rogers Centre before the Opening Day Contest on March 29, as president and CEO Mark Shapiro said in a statement.
"Through Roy's values, pride, work ethic, and perseverance, he epitomized what it means to be a Blue Jay, And while his legacy is clear, it goes far beyond the number on his back or his on-field accomplishments, serving as a shining example of how to live a meaningful life and positively impact others."
"The Doc"passed away in a tragic plane accident in the Gulf of Mexico on November 7th, 2017. Halladay will become the second Blue Jay to have his number retired, joining Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar's no.12.
During his time with the Jays, Halladay recorded 148 wins, 1495 K's and a 3.43 ERA, being the 2nd all-time leader in wins, strikeouts and shotouts. His 22 wins in 2003 remains the Jay's single season record.
Althought he last played with the Philadelphia Phillies , he signed a one-day contract to retire as a Jay in 2013, and he stated that he would to the Hall of Fame wearing the Jays cap.
"I'd go (into the Hall) as a Blue Jay," he said in 2016. "I wanted to retire here, too, just because I felt like this is the bulk of my career."
Halladay was a two-time Cy Young winner (2003, 2010) and a 8 times All-Star. He also pitched a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter in 2010. He ended his career with a 203-105 record, 2,117 K's and a 3.38 ERA and he becomes eligible for the Cooperstown Hall of Fame next year.