Roy Halladay once pitched a perfect game at the Marlins old ballpark in Miami Gardens.
He went on to pitch a no-hitter in the postseason that year. He won his second Cy Young Award that season.
Three years later, Halladay may be facing the end of his Phililes career. And it would be difficult to imagine a sadder exit than what happened on Monday night at Marlins Park in Miami.
After a lengthy meeting on the mound, with manager Ryne Sandberg, pitching coach Rich Dubee and the training staff, Halladay came out of the game after retiring one of the three batters he faced in the first inning. It was the shortest outing of Halladay's celebrated career.
Halladay, who had shoulder surgery in May, was removed with "right arm fatigue," according to a statement from the team announced in the press box.
Halladay threw 16 pitches on Monday. Just five of those pitches were strikes.
Although the retractable roof in the ballpark was closed - the indoor temperature was announced at 77 degrees - Halladay was sweating profusely while pitching to the first batter he faced, Donovan Solano. Solano walked on four pitches.
Halladay threw five straight balls to begin his abbreviated outing. His velocity topped out at 83-MPH.
The 36-year-old Halladay is a free agent after the season.
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