Blue Jay’s Roy Halladay Retires After 16 Seasons in Major League Baseball

The Cy Young award winner and six-time All Star signed a one-day contract so he could retire as a Toronto Blue Jay

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Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay answers questions after announcing his retirement after 16 seasons in the major leagues with Toronto and Philadelphia at the MLB winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

After 16 seasons in the major leagues, pitcher Roy Halladay retired on Monday. He announced the retirement at a news conference Monday after signing a one-day contract so he could hang up his hat as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.

“As a baseball player, you realize that’s something you can’t do the rest of your life,” Halladay said at the press conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. “I really don’t have any regrets.”

As a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2010-2013, Halladay experienced injuries during his last two seasons. In September, he returned to the field after receiving shoulder surgery.

In 2010, however, he pitched a perfect game and a no-hitter, after which he earned his second Cy Young Award, an honor given to the National and American leagues best pitchers annually. He is also a six-time All Star.

Halladay played for the Blue Jays from 1998 until 2009.

He said Monday  he wanted to both avoid surgery and spend more time with his family.