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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Halladay, Gillick set for Phillies Wall of Fame

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Roy Halladay had a tremendous impact on the Phillies in a very short period of time.

So it is no surprise the club announced on Tuesday afternoon that he will be posthumously inducted onto its Wall of Fame in a pregame ceremony on Aug. 4 at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies also announced that Pat Gillick, who constructed the 2008 World Series championship roster, will be the first executive inducted onto the Wall of Fame.

Phillies players who were part of Halladay's career, including Halladay's family, will participate in the ceremony.

"Braden, Ryan and I are so honored to have Roy remembered in this way," Halladay's wife Brandy Halladay said in a statement. "He will be in great company with other Phillies legends who are on the Wall of Fame. The decision made by the Phillies to induct Roy without a fan vote makes it even more meaningful. I look forward to fans and the community coming out to celebrate this special occasion with us."

Halladay died in November when his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

Halladay will be one of only four Phillies to be inducted into the Wall of Fame without a fan vote, joining Charlie Manuel, Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton. Halladay pitched with the Phillies from 2010-13, winning the 2010 National League Cy Young Award. He also threw a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter in 2010. He spent last year working for the Phillies as a mental skills coach at Carpenter Complex.

In addition to the Wall of Fame ceremony, a flag bearing Halladay's No. 34 will be flown throughout the 2018 season at Citizens Bank Park.

"This will be a very emotional evening," Phillies executive vice president David Buck said.

Gillick is currently in his 13th year with the Phillies. He has served as the general manager, senior advisor and president. He led the Phillies to just their second World Series championship and the first two of five consecutive NL East titles from 2007-11.

Gillick was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.

"Pat's illustrious career and impact on the game is one to be celebrated with fans, and we look forward to recognizing his amazing contributions to baseball on this historic day," Buck said.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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