Braden Halladay

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Braden Leroy Halladay

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Braden Halladay is the son of Hall of Famer Roy Halladay. He was born in Toronto, ON while his father was a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, making him a Canadian citizen and leading to his being recruited by the Canada junior national baseball team as soon as he showed some pitching ability as a teenager.

On March 17, 2018, a few months after his father's tragic death in an airplane crash, he made a very publicized appearance in the Blue Jays' spring training as he pitched for the Canadian junior team against the Jays' players. He pitched the 8th inning, retiring the Jays in order, and flashing a fastball at 85 mph. The game was notable for the high number of sons of former major leaguers who were playing, as Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Kacy Clemens and Dwight Smith Jr. were all playing, in addition to Braden. And that's not counting Brandon Grudzielanek, nephew of a big leaguer! Following his senior high school season, Halladay was selected by the Blue Jays in the 32nd round of the 2019 amateur draft. This was a purely symbolic gesture - the 32nd round being a tribute to his father's # 32 - as Braden had a solid commitment to attend Penn State University and said so again when he thanked the Jays for drafting him. If he had shown any interest in signing, he would have been picked much earlier. A few weeks later, he accompanied his mother, Brandy, and younger brother Ryan to his father's Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, NY on July 21st.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Alexis Brudnicki: "Blue Jays take Doc's son in symbolic 32nd Rd.: Braden Halladay will keep his commitment to play at Penn State",, June 5, 2019. [1]

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