Roy Halladay won’t be enshrined as a Toronto Blue Jay.
He won’t enter the Hall of Fame representing the Philadelphia Phillies either.
Brandy Halladay told the media on Wednesday that her late husband will go into Cooperstown wearing a blank cap on his plaque because both franchises meant so much to him. It was a family decision, and an easy one at that.
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“He was a Major League Baseball player and that’s how we want him to be remembered,” said Brandy.
Brandy Halladay tells us the family has decided that Roy Halladay will not go into Cooperstown representing the Blue Jays or Phillies. No specific team cap.
"He was a Major League Baseball player and that's how we want him to be remembered," she said. pic.twitter.com/ERE1UQjwAZ
— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) January 23, 2019
Halladay is one of four players in the Class of 2019, joining Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, and Mike Mussina.
The choice of cap is often a difficult one for players to make, but expect fans to respect the family’s decision in this case.
Thought Halladay would go in wearing #BlueJays hat since he had said he wanted that, but of course his family would have much fuller sense of his wishes & perspective than we could know from a quote/clip. If they want logo-less cap, that's what it should be
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) January 23, 2019
While the Blue Jays franchise has produced Hall of Famers before, Halladay is the first player to be drafted and developed by the organization to make it in.
Halladay pitched for parts of 12 seasons for the Blue Jays before being dealt to the Phillies, where he pitched for another four years. It was in Philadelphia that Halladay got to prove himself as a big game pitcher, throwing a no-hitter in his first-ever postseason game in 2010.