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Blue Jays to retire No. 32 in honour of Halladay

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The Blue Jays will retire Roy Halladay's No. 32 in an Opening Day ceremony to honour the late franchise icon, the team announced Monday. Toronto will also wear a commemorative No. 32 patch on its uniforms for the 2018 season.

Halladay, who pitched his first 12 Major League seasons in Toronto and won the 2003 American League Cy Young Award, will become just the second Blue Jay to have his number retired by the franchise, along with Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar and his No. 12.

The Blue Jays will retire Roy Halladay's No. 32 in an Opening Day ceremony to honour the late franchise icon, the team announced Monday. Toronto will also wear a commemorative No. 32 patch on its uniforms for the 2018 season.

Halladay, who pitched his first 12 Major League seasons in Toronto and won the 2003 American League Cy Young Award, will become just the second Blue Jay to have his number retired by the franchise, along with Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar and his No. 12.

Halladay died Nov. 7, crashing the ICON A5 light sport aircraft he was piloting into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

"Through Roy's values, pride, work ethic, and perseverance, he epitomized what it means to be a Blue Jay," club president and CEO Mark Shapiro said in a statement. "And while his legacy is clear, it goes far beyond the number on his back or his on-field accomplishments, serving as a shining example of how to live a meaningful life and positively impact others."

Tweet from @BlueJays: Join us Opening Day, as we pay tribute to the late Roy Halladay and retire his uniform number.In Doc's honour, we will wear a commemorative No. 32 patch on our jerseys for the 2018 season. #DocForever pic.twitter.com/yHD3HpY3dB

Before they retire his number, the Blue Jays will celebrate Halladay's life on Opening Day on March 29, when they host the Yankees at 3:37 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre.

In his 16-year career, Halladay went 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA and 2,117 strikeouts. He won the Cy Young in both leagues, adding an NL Cy Young with the Phillies in 2010 to his '03 award with the Blue Jays. He was an eight-time All-Star, including six times with Toronto, and he's one of two pitchers to throw a postseason no-hitter, along with Don Larsen.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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