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Blue Jays To Retire Roy Halladay’s Number #32 On Opening Day

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On March 29, the earliest Opening Day in MLB history, the Toronto Blue Jays will honor the late and great Roy Halladay by retiring his number #32 prior to their game against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre.

In addition to Halladay’s number being retired, the Blue Jays will also wear a #32 patch on their uniforms for the duration of the season, and Spring Training as well.

The team announced the news last Monday on Twitter:

Halladay joins Roberto Alomar (#12) as the only other player to have their number retired by the Blue Jays.

“Through Roy’s values, pride, work ethic, and perseverance, he epitomized what it means to be a Blue Jay,” said Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro. “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.”

In 12 seasons (1998-2009) with the Blue Jays, Halladay compiled a 148-76 record in 313 games (287 starts) with a 3.43 ERA and 49 complete games. He was also a six-time All-Star for the team and won the 2003 Cy Young Award, going 22-7 with a 3.25 ERA in 36 starts across 266 innings- two marks that haven’t been matched by any pitcher in a season since.

Halladay ranks second in franchise history in wins, strikeouts, and WHIP, third in ERA, games started, innings pitched, and complete games, and first in winning percentage, strikeouts-per-nine, and walks-per-nine.

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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