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Video: Blue Jays retire Roy Halladay’s No. 32


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.

CC Sabathia hopes to play one more year

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Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:

“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”

Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.

Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.