As planned, the Blue Jays retired Roy Hallday’s No. 32 at the Rogers Centre on Opening Day on Thursday. Sportsnet has the video:
Halladay died at the age of 40 in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida last November 7. The right-hander spent 12 of his 16 seasons in the majors with the Blue Jays, winning 148 games as well as a Cy Young Award along with six All-Star nominations.
In honor of Halladay’s memory, the Blue Jays did not have anyone throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Halladay was traded to the Phillies ahead of the 2010 season, winning the NL Cy Young that year and helping them return to the postseason. He retired after the 2013 season. The Phillies plan to induct him into their Wall of Fame at Citizens Bank Park on August 4 later this season.
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.