The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced earlier yesterday that Roy Halladay would be among their 2017 inductees. Halladay who is arguably the best pitcher to ever lace up a pair of spikes for the Blue Jays is also considering a return to baseball in a mentoring capacity.
Halladay informed reporters on a conference call earlier yesterday of the following: “I do have plans to get back into baseball,” Halladay told reporters on a conference call. “At this point, I don’t know what team it’ll be with or in what capacity, although I can say I have talked to the Blue Jays.”
“I really do want to get back into baseball, I really do enjoy working with younger players, younger pitchers. “I really feel like I was part of the city, part of the town, to get the (Hall of Fame) announcement I was obviously thrilled. Being able to retire with the Blue Jays and getting this honor it feels like everything’s come full circle.”
Halladay was drafted by the Blue Jay in the 1st round, 17th overall during the 1995 amateur draft. The right-hander would spend 16 seasons in the majors including the first 12 with the Toronto Blue Jays before being dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies. Halladay would call it quits in 2013 and has been spending his time coaching an Under-12 Baseball Team in Florida.
A reunion between the Blue Jays and the 39-year old hurler would seem like an obvious fit as Halladay would be a wealth of knowledge for young developing pitchers. The “Doc” could get his feet as the roving minor league pitching coordinator much like Tim Raines did with the outfielders.
A quick glance at Halladay’s Twitter feed and it’s obvious that Toronto still holds a special place in his heart.
If I were a betting man, I think the safe money would be that you will be seeing Roy Halladay in a Blue Jays uniform again soon and that is a great thing.