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Blue Jays: Roy Halladay elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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TORONTO - APRIL 9: Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Rogers Centre on April 9, 2005 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 12-5. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
TORONTO - APRIL 9: Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Rogers Centre on April 9, 2005 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 12-5. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images) /
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The late Roy Halladay has been elected as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Having spent 11+ years in the organization, he won a Cy Young Award with the Blue Jays in 2003.

Roy Halladay, the late, great Blue Jays pitcher who was affectionately known as “Doc” throughout most of his career, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving  85.4% of votes, the Hall confirmed.

Halladay will be joined by Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez and Orioles/Yankees starter Mike Mussina in this year’s induction class.

Halladay, who was born in 1977, was drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round of the 1995 draft. In 16 major league seasons, he pitched in over 400 games, racked up over 200 wins and boasted a career ERA of 3.38.

A Blue Jays legend, Halladay is first in franchise history in winning percentage, second in wins, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP, third in starts and innings pitched and fourth in opposing hitters’ batting average against.

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Blue Jays President and CEO Mark Shapiro released a statement (via Twitter) congratulating the Halladay family for “this monumental honour”, further noting that “of the countless players that have worn the Blue Jays uniform, few have done so with the determination and elegance of Roy Halladay.”

Doc’s son, Braden Halladay, tweeted pictures of his father and congratulated him on being elected. His widow, Brandy, released a statement, saying that while it wasn’t Doc’s goal to become a Hall of Famer — instead proudly writing that he simply wanted to be successful every day — it is a tremendous honour.

A franchise legend with a heart of gold, Roy Halladay will forever be remembered as one of the best players to ever don a Blue Jays uniform. The city of Toronto, and the entire Canadian fanbase is justifiably overjoyed with the news.

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For a man of class, dignity and style, there is no higher honour than this one. Now, Doc, perhaps the best pitcher in Blue Jays history, will rightfully be enshrined in Cooperstown.

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