Retired Halladay returns to spring training

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2014 at 11:05 am •  Published: February 23, 2014
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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Retirement is not keeping Roy Halladay away from baseball.

Halladay is a guest instructor with the Philadelphia Phillies for a few weeks this spring.

"I love being here," the two-time Cy Young Award winner said. "I definitely want to keep doing it."

Halladay sounds as if he'd like to parlay his spring tutor work into a second career as a coach down the road. The 36-year-old Halladay spent the final four seasons of his career with the Phillies, following a successful run with Toronto.

"I think maybe this first year (after playing), I want to make sure that I get to spend the time that I want with my boys and my wife, and that's my priority," said Halladay, who retired from a 16-year playing career in December. "Once I see how things work, yeah, I'd love to continue to do it and if I have more time, do more. I'll always continue doing it. It's just a matter of starting to figure out how much I can do. Once the kids are (grown up), maybe it's something to do full time."

Halladay spent the final four seasons of his career with the Phillies, following a remarkable run in Toronto.

In 2000, his second full season in the big leagues, Halladay went 4-7 with a 10.64 ERA in 19 games. At the time, it was the highest ERA for any pitcher with at least 10 starts in a season in major league history.

Halladay rebuilt his career when he was sent to A-ball a year later.

He went 135-62 with a 3.13 ERA from 2001-09 with the Blue Jays, racking up 14 shutouts and 47 complete games. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 2003.

Halladay's dominance continued in his first two seasons in Philadelphia, going 40-16 with a 2.40 ERA, five shutouts and 17 complete games. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 2010, when he threw a perfect game in May and became just the second pitcher in baseball history to throw a postseason no-hitter in October.

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