Halladay played four seasons for the Phillies from 2010-2013
Phillies fans heading to Clearwater, Florida should keep their eyes and sharpies out, because the Doc is making a house call.
Roy Halladay will be joining the Phillies on Tuesday as a guest instructor for the remainder of Spring Training, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. The organization has recently been looking for a role for Halladay in the organization, and this appears to be the first step towards a potential coaching job.
Currently residing in Florida it’s entirely possibly Halladay could stick around and help the minor leaguers in Clearwater beyond this winter.
Having Halladay around the young pitchers in the organization is a great move by the team with opening day less than a month away. A student of sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman, whose book, The Mental ABC’s of Pitching, Halladay credits saving his career, the 39-year-old Halladay has more than a few tricks in his bag to help a very young staff.
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Prospect Nick Pivetta, who grew up in Canada and is a self-confessed superfan of Halladay, was able to talk to the future Hall of Famer at a recent prospect seminar. The influence Halladay can bring to arms such as Pivetta is invaluable.
Look for Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vince Velasquez to learn how to be more of a pitcher than a thrower from Halladay. While a veteran of the game, Clay Buchholz could learn a thing or twenty from Halladay about staying mentally sharp and not overthinking on the mound.
Halladay is currently bound for both the Phillies Wall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame after an outstanding major league career. Earning the Cy Young in both the American League with the Blue Jays and the National League with the Phillies Halladay finished his career with 203 wins.
In his first season with the Phillies Halladay threw a perfect game in Florida and a no-hitter against the Reds in the playoffs.