Jays to re­tire Doc’s No. 32 on open­ing day

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS - STEVE BUFFERY sbuffery@post­media.com

In hon­our of the late Roy (Doc) Hal­la­day, the Toronto Blue Jays will re­tire his uni­form No. 32 on March 29, as part of its open­ing­day cer­e­monies when the club hosts the New York Yan­kees at Rogers Cen­tre.

Hal­la­day will join Roberto Alo­mar (12) as the only play­ers in fran­chise his­tory to have their num­bers re­tired.

“Through Roy’s val­ues, pride, work ethic and per­se­ver­ance, he epit­o­mized what it means to be a Blue Jay,” said Jays pres­i­dent and CEO Mark Shapiro. “And while his legacy is clear, it goes far be­yond the num­ber on his back or his on­field ac­com­plish­ments, serv­ing as a shin­ing ex­am­ple of how to live a mean­ing­ful life and pos­i­tively im­pact oth­ers.”

The Jays will also cel­e­brate Hal­la­day ’s life and sto­ried ca­reer dur­ing the pre-game cer­e­mony, as well as wear a spe­cial No. 32 com­mem­o­ra­tive patch on their uni­forms for the en­tire 2018 sea­son, in­clud­ing spring train­ing.

In 12 sea­sons with the Blue Jays, the Den­ver na­tive posted a record of 148-76 in 313 games with 49 com­plete games.

He is the fran­chise leader in win­ning per­cent­age (.661), strike­outs per nine in­nings pitched (6.60), and walks per nine in­nings pitched (2.00). He also ranks sec­ond in fran­chise his­tory in wins, third in in­nings pitched, com­plete games, and ERA (3.43).

In 2003, he won the Amer­i­can League Cy Young Award while set­ting the fran­chise record with an AL-best 22 wins and led the league in games started (36), com­plete games (nine) and shutouts (two). He made four all-star game ap­pear­ances as a mem­ber of the Jays.

Mean­while, the Jays added Craig Bres­low, 37, on Mon­day, sign­ing the vet­eran left-han­der to a mi­nor­league con­tract with an in­vi­ta­tion to spring train­ing. Bres­low posted a 5.09 ERA in 37 ap­pear­ances last year for Min­nesota and Cleve­land.

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