Roy Halladay Suggests Someone Start a ‘Zoo with Kyle’ Website

Retired ex-Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay has a Twitter account, and he’s finally letting on that he knows about a certain delightfully strange Philly sports website.

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Kobe Bryant and 6 Other Folks Who Should Retire Like Doc

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With the announcement of Roy Halladay’s retirement yesterday, I was reminded of Robert Frost’s bittersweet poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” If you watched the ace labor through every start last season, you saw the end was coming, and in this case, a walk into the sunset is merciful and just. But not everyone knows when it’s time to call it quits. In tribute to Doc, here’s a list of Philly-connected folks who would follow his lead if they knew what was good for them. Read more »

WATCH: It’s the End of Roy Halladay as We Knew Him

He came from Canada, and no one was sure what to make of him.

Okay, he wasn’t from Canada, but that’s where we knew of him, pitching for a team we’d like to forget about in Toronto. Sure, he had a good pedigree, but it was a strange situation: The Phillies had just been in the World Series for the second straight year, and they had traded one of the guys responsible for getting them back there. Sure, the Phillies lost this time. But Cliff Lee showed up the Yankees on national TV, and as a Philadelphian that’s worth a lot.

The Phillies traded away Cliff Lee so they could restock the farm system, they said, as they acquired a pitcher they promised us would be even better. Roy Halladay had spent 12 years in Toronto, compiling a 148-76 record and a 3.43 ERA. He won a Cy Young Award in 2003. Even the biggest Cliff Lee supporters had to admit he had a better pedigree.

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Roy Halladay Returns, Arm Doesn’t Fall Off

Roy Halladay returned to a major league mound yesterday for the first time since May, leading the Phils to a 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks. He pitched reasonably well, allowing two runs over six innings with the help of some timely defense. He is also–for now–defying expectations. Here was me, a few months ago, quoting some terrifying stats:

“Players over the age of 35 that went on the DL for any sort of shoulder injury only averaged 59 innings over the course of the rest of their career.” It gets worse. 32 of the 62 pitchers never pitched again. Only 6 ever pitched more than 100 innings again, and one of them was Tim Wakefield, a knuckleballer.

So either Roy has about 53 innings left in his career, or he’s going to add another chapter to the post-shoulder surgery history books. That said–I still don’t understand the rationale for bringing him back right now for a few meaningless starts (see: Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan, debacle). If he re-injures himself, you look dumb. And if he pitches well, it costs more to resign him next year. [Inquirer]

Roy Halladay Is Not Unhappy with Charlie Manuel’s Firing

Amid the lovefest that was last week’s sendoff to Charlie Manuel, at least one Phillies star didn’t seem to be shedding any tears.

I’ve exchanged texts with him and obviously I loved him — he was great,” Halladay said. “But from what I’ve seen, Ryne came in and made some changes and addressed some issues that I think were being overlooked…Just different things, guys being at places on time, being on the field on time, taking groundballs, taking extra BP, all those little things that nobody thinks makes a difference.

Like every single thing Ryne Sandberg says Jimmy Rollins does wrong? [Daily News]

Read Dan McQuade’s homage, Charlie Manuel, True Philadelphian.

Hooray? Roy Halladay’s Shoulder Surgery “Successful”

The Phillies have told us that Roy Halladay’s surgery yesterday was a smashing success.

Roy had successful shoulder surgery yesterday. He had an arthroscopic evaluation and underwent debridement of his labrum and rotator cuff as well as removal of an inflamed bursa.

So it was successful in the sense that it happened. And then you remember that the surgery itself is horrible, horrible news.

He’ll begin a progressive rehabilitation program and if all goes well, he may possibly begin a throwing program in 6-8 weeks.”

Potentially. Maybe. We don’t know. I will now refer you to my recent post “Why Roy Halladay is Doomed, In One Stat.”

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Why Roy Halladay Is Doomed, in One Stat

Here’s the good news, Phillie fans. ESPN’s Jayson Stark asked a NL executive if he’d sign Roy Halladay post-surgery.

“Of course. Why not?” he said. “If there’s one guy like that you’re going to bet on, wouldn’t you bet on Roy Halladay?”

Here’s the bad news. Stark also flagged some numbers by FanGraphs, documenting the fate of the 62 pitchers older than 35 who have ever gone on the disabled list for a shoulder injury. (Let alone have surgery.) Halladay turns 36 next week.

Players over the age of 35 that went on the DL for any sort of shoulder injury only averaged 59 innings over the course of the rest of their career.

It gets worse. 32 of the 62 pitchers never pitched again. Only 6 ever pitched more than 100 innings again, and one of them was Tim Wakefield, a knuckleballer. [ESPN]

Doc Halladay Heads to DL…Forever?!

After getting shellacked yesterday for 9 earned runs in 2.1 innings, Roy Halladay has been sent to the Disabled List. Indefinitely. Dun dun dun. He reported pain in his right throwing shoulder, an ailment that has apparently bugged him since April 24th. We’re a little over a month into the baseball season, so it’s high time we get nervous about Doc, right?

A poll, per Philly.com:

And the results are in: Phillies fans have set a new record for apocalyptic fandom.

[Daily News]

The Roy Halladay Diet: Get a Virus, Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Days

Roy Halladay had to be pulled in the first inning of a spring training game against the Orioles Sunday. The culprit: a stomach virus. Or, if you like, the Roy Halladay diet.

Phillies’ Halladay Still Searching for a Ring

AP reports: “Roy Halladay is still looking for the one thing he came to the Philadelphia Phillies to get: A World Series ring. “I’m playing to win a World Series,” Halladay said Wednesday. “That’s why I’m playing baseball and for no other reason. However we get to that goal, that’s the bottom line. If it takes 320 innings and I can throw it, I’ll do it. That’s the reason I’m here. And that’s it. I’m not worried about next year and two years and three years from now. I’m trying to win a World Series.” Halladay missed nearly two months in the middle of the season because of a shoulder problem and never found his groove. But on Day 1 (of spring training), Halladay declared he’s feeling just fine.”

Other news from Spring Training:

Chooch Answers Questions About Drug Suspension (Inky): “Most of the answers from the 34-year-old Panamanian were repetitive and unrevealing. “I got caught two times, and I have to pay for that,” Ruiz said as beads of sweat formed on his nose. “I want to put that behind me and focus on this year and give it 100 percent for the city and the organization.” To be fair, Ruiz has never been comfortable speaking English, and the subject matter Wednesday only enlarged the language barrier. Mostly, Ruiz repeated his remorse, and there was no mistaking his sincerity. He cried shortly after the interview ended.”

Phillies, Juan Cruz Part Ways (MLB.com): “The Phillies and right-hander Juan Cruz mutually rescinded their agreement to a Minor League contract Wednesday. He became a free agent immediately. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday morning at Carpenter Complex that Cruz felt his chances to make the bullpen had diminished upon the Phillies signing right-hander Chad Durbin. Cruz never signed his contract and never showed in camp yesterday, which was the official report date. He clearly didn’t want to be in camp, so the Phillies cut him loose.”

How Long Will Citizens Bank Park Stay Full? (The Morning Call): “John Weber, the club’s VP of ticket sales and operations, announced the Phillies already have sold more than 2.5 million tickets, and added that he expects they will sell more than three million, something they’ve done each of the past six seasons. … Keep in mind: The sellout streak the organization cherished (257 consecutive, regular-season games) ended last year on Aug. 6 when they hosted the Braves. The Phillies’ announced paid attendance that night was 41,665. In order for it to be considered a sellout, the team needs to sell 43,400-43,600 tickets. “You hoped that one bad season, which we’re having this year, wouldn’t break it up, especially after the five winning seasons that we had and the division championships,” said Jimmy Rollins, the club’s longest-tenured player, said that night. “But that’s the way it goes. People aren’t going to spend money and come to the games if they aren’t feeling like they’re getting their money’s worth.””

And Charlie Manuel previews the season:

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