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Brandy Halladay gives beautiful speech for Roy Halladay's Baseball Hall of Fame induction

Brandy Halladay gives beautiful speech for Roy Halladay's Baseball Hall of Fame induction

Shortly after Sunday afternoon's Phillies-Pirates game went into a rain delay, Brandy Halladay took the podium at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York.

It was a perfectly timed rain delay, allowing us to all commemorate the late Roy Halladay, who joined Baseball Royalty along with Harold Baines, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith.

Brandy, Halladay's widow, gave a beautiful speech full of love, gratitude and thanks.

Halladay, who died tragically in a plane crash in November 2017 at the age of 40, was an imposingly dominant pitcher known for his work ethic and dedication to the game. He won the 2003 AL Cy Young Award with the Blue Jays and the 2010 NL Cy Young Award with the Phillies. In Philadelphia, no one will ever forget the perfect game and playoff no-hitter.

For Brandy and her two sons Braden and Ryan, they will never forget the memories and support.

Below are portions of Brandy's touching message — which was broadcast on MLB Network and can be watched in the video above — along with social media reaction from the day.

To both of the teams that we were blessed to be a part of — the Blue Jays and the Phillies. Thank you for allowing us to grow up, to fail over and over and finally learn how to succeed within your organizations. There were some really amazing years but there were some really tough ones, too, and you never gave up on him.

More than anything, he would want both organizations to know that they hold a huge place in our heart and always will. Evidence of their love for us and our love for them, as well, was shown all week as they came together as one to celebrate Roy — and that means the world to me. To both organizations, I can't thank you enough.

I think that Roy would want everyone to know that people are not perfect. We are all imperfect and flawed in one way or another. We all struggle, but with hard work, humility and dedication, imperfect people can still have perfect moments. Roy was blessed in his life and in his career to have some perfect moments, but I believe that they were only possible because of the man he strived to be, the teammate that he was and the people that he was so blessed to be on the field with.

Here is more on Halladay, courtesy of NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury:

Halladay, Phillies rout Nationals in season opener

Revisiting the night of Roy Halladay's perfect game in Miami

Halladay tosses second no-hitter in playoff history

Charlie Manuel keeps his promise to Roy Halladay's son

Through the tears, the Halladay family finds joy in Cooperstown honor

Remembering what mattered most to Roy Halladay

A celebration of life: Thank you, Roy Halladay

Halladay's greatest hits with the Phillies

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Phillies free-agent target: Cole Hamels

Phillies free-agent target: Cole Hamels

Leading up to baseball's winter meetings, we will take a daily look at some of the game's top free agents and how they could potentially impact the Phillies.

Today, we check in on someone Phillies fans know well, veteran lefty Cole Hamels.

The vitals

It feels funny typing those words — veteran lefty — but that's just what Hamels is now. He turns 36 in December. Hard to believe for those of us who remember the squeaky-voiced teenager who showed up at Veterans Stadium for a news conference after the Phillies selected him 17th overall in the 2002 draft. Six years later, Hamels was MVP of the National League Championship Series and World Series as the Phillies won it all in 2008. 

Hamels was traded to Texas as the Phillies ramped up their rebuild in the summer of 2015 and now he's a free agent who still has something to offer. One-hundred fourteen of his 163 wins have come in a Phillies uniform. Will he come full circle and win a few more for the Phillies now that the rebuild is over?

Why he fits

Hamels is no longer the top-of-the-rotation pitcher he was during his prime in Philadelphia, but the Phillies need pitching up and down their rotation and he would make a lot of sense as a stabilizer at the back half of it. He had a 3.81 ERA for the Cubs in 27 starts last season but missed a month with an oblique injury suffered in late June. Hamels was quite good before the injury, recording 2.98 ERA in 17 starts. He struggled and pitched to a 5.79 ERA in 10 starts after returning from the IL.

With an offseason to heal, Hamels will be healthy as he joins some team this winter and he should be able to deliver 150-160 innings. He did not receive a qualifying offer from the Cubs so he would not cost a draft pick.

Once upon a time, Hamels grew up as a young pitcher in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Roy Halladay. Hamels is a serious student of the craft of pitching. It would be poetic if he returned to Philadelphia and served as a mentor to some of the Phillies' young arms, and fans would certainly welcome his return as part of a pitching staff upgrade.

Why he doesn't fit

The only way we see a reunion not being a fit is if the market for Hamels gets extremely competitive and his price becomes more than the Phillies want to commit to a 36-year-old pitcher. The Phils will need a starting pitching upgrade beyond Hamels, but he'd be a solid second wintertime addition.

The price tag

As far back as May, Hamels talked about his desire to finish his career in Philadelphia. He recently told MLB.com that he'd be open to a one-year contract. That's not exactly strategy out of the Negotiating 101 handbook and it hasn't stopped agent John Boggs from seeking a multi-year deal. Hamels made $20 million with Cubs last season. It's difficult to see him getting that much, but not difficult to see him getting something in the neighborhood of $17 million per season.

Scout's take

"He's no longer that middle-to-top-of-the-rotation guy, but a one-year deal should probably entice every team in the game. He really knows how to pitch. You look at the No. 4 guys in the league. If he's healthy, I'd have solid confidence in him in that role."

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