The Toronto Blue Jays will retire previous pitcher Roy (Doc) Halladay’s #32 on opening day.
Halladay, 40, passed away Nov. 7, 2017 when the aircraft he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Jays will retire Halladay’s consistent March 29 when they host the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. He’ll sign up with Roberto Alomar #12 as the only players in club history to have their jerseys retired.
“Through Roy’s values, pride, work ethic, and perseverance, he epitomized what it means to be a Blue Jay,” club president/CEO Mark Shapiro said in a statement. “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.”
Join us Opening Day, as we pay tribute to the late Roy Halladay and retire his uniform number.<br><br>In Doc’s honour, we will wear a commemorative No. 32 patch on our jerseys for the 2018 season. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/DocForever?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#DocForever</a> <a href=”https://t.co/yHD3HpY3dB”>pic.twitter.com/yHD3HpY3dB</a>
Blue Jays will likewise commemorate Halladay’s life and profession prior to the game and a # 32 spot will decorate the club’s uniforms throughout the 2018 season, including spring training.
Halladay invested 12 seasons with Toronto, accumulating a 148-75 record in 313 games. He recorded the ’03 Cy Young Award after winning a club-record 22 video games and made 6 all-star looks as a Blue Jay.