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Halladay’s 34 will go unworn in 2018

roy-halladay-channels-the-lost-but-affable-klopek-brother.jpgNobody will wear No. 34 next season for the Phillies.

Todd Zolecki reports the number will go unworn in honor of former Phillie Roy Halladay, who died Nov. 7 in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.

Andrew Knapp wore No. 34 last season; he will change numbers.

No word yet on if this means the Phils will formerly retire Halladay’s number.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Mitchell Nathanson

    December 22, 2017 at 11:41 am

    It’s a nice move by the Phillies and the correct one. But they shouldn’t retire it permanently. Take it out of rotation for a couple of years but then it’s time to move forward. They weren’t going to retire his number before this so this shouldn’t change. The Jays should retire his number permanently, not the Phils.

    • P.S. Bolmeyer

      December 22, 2017 at 11:47 am

      I agree! Retiring his number for the 2018 season would be a fitting tribute.

  2. Jeffrey Orbach

    December 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    If and when he makes the HOF is when they should think of retiring his numnber

    • Mike Fassano

      December 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      WHEN he goes into the HOF, it’ll be as a Bluejay. Toronto should retire his number, not the Phillies.

  3. Steve

    December 22, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    When inducted to The HOF, both Blue Jays & Our Phitin Phils should retire Doc’s 34…

    • Patti Murphy

      December 23, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Roy Halliday wore #34 while playing with the Phillies but wore #32 with the Blue Jays! I hope once Roy is inducted into the HOF, each team will retire his uniform number respectively! I’m an avid Phillies fan and consider myself fortunate to have seen one of the best pitchers who ever played the game!! ⚾️

      • Ken Bland

        December 27, 2017 at 5:12 pm

        Sad to say, but the reality is that retiring Doc’s 34 isn’t even arguable. The 2 noteworthy seasons are indeed compelling but he also spent 2 seasons with the Phils that on field performance just wasn’t there. Two memorable years on a total of 4 just doesn’t warrant retirement of a number.

        Exactly where one draws the line is pretty touchy. Pete Rose’s off field shenanigans leading to Wall of Fame elimination made sense, but inclusion aside from that was good. Not that 5 years here was a lot, and 2-3 weren’t great, but an undeniable role in 2 World Series participation (including one win) could justify WOF status, and maybe therefore number retirement. It’s close, and debatable, at least. I think it’s hard to justify either in Doc’s case based on a shorter tenure despite 2 years of greatness. Retiring his number for 2018 is about as good an honor as can be done. That’s more than the club did with Rose’s 14 which John Wockenfuss sported as early as the next spring.

        All that said, I suspect your largely emotional view may gain groundswell over time and you may get your way. I won’t agree with it, but believe me, I won’t complain.

  4. Kean Wessner

    December 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I believe that 34 should be retired. He threw so many big games while in a Phillies uniform if we didn’t have him in 08 we would still be reaching for the 2nd world series. Who else would have thrown the perfect game? Not to knock any of our previous aces Carlton, Hamels and such but the Doc did. As for his time with the Jays his best time was with us enough said
    Wess

    • Jeff Orbach

      December 27, 2017 at 8:34 am

      We didn’t have him in ’08. But I agree about retiring his #34. We as Phillies Phans in 2010 and 11 had the honor of seeing one of the best pitchers in the history of the game pitch for us. I saw Carlton pitch many times and he was one of the best as well.

    • Vernon Dozier

      December 27, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      They didn’t have him for 2008 or 2009, the two WS seasons.

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