The Toronto Blue Jays have announced, on Opening Day this year, they will honor their former pitcher Roy Halladay. Halladay passed away in a plane crash off the coast of Florida this past November. Following his death, the Blue Jays announced that not only will they hold a retirement ceremony opening day but the Blue Jays players will wear a commemorative #32 patch on their jerseys.
Join us Opening Day, as we pay tribute to the late Roy Halladay and retire his uniform number.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) February 12, 2018
Halladay spent a total of sixteen years in the big leagues, twelve of which he spent with the Blue Jays. He accumulated six All-Star Game appearances with the Blue Jays and one Cy Young in 2003. He never reached the postseason with the Blue Jays during his tenure but his presence in the pitching staff was known. For example, Halladay was responsible for 22 wins also posting an ERA of 3.25 all while striking out 204 batters in 2003 when he won the Cy Young Award.
The ceremony will be held on March 29th when the Blue Jays and New York Yankees open up the 2018 season at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The ceremony will pay tribute to Roy “Doc” Halladay and debut the new commemorative patches the Blue Jays players will wear throughout 2018.