Kevin Gausman will honor Roy Halladay by wearing No. 34 next season

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 next season as a tribute to Roy Halladay, the Colorado native and former Major League Baseball all-star who was killed in a plane crash last month. Naturally I became a huge fan of fellow Colorado native Roy Halladay.

Gausman and Halladay are both from Colorado, and the Orioles pitcher said he followed Halladay's career closely and idolized him. To me, Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams - becoming a pitcher just like him.

Gausman has worn No. 37 and No. 39 since breaking into the majors.

"The older I got, the more I began to understand the challenges of being a baseball player in Colorado", Gausman wrote. Halladay was a source of inspiration to a number of prominent players and coaches around the league and his family. "I'd like to think we have our own fraternity amongst ourselves".

The Orioles right-hander announced on Twitter that he is wearing No. 34 in honor of Roy Halladay, the two-time Cy Young Award victor who was killed when his plane crashed off the coast of Florida on November 7.

Gausman went 17-8 in two seasons at LSU, with a 3.14 ERA.

Gausman announced the switch Thursday on his Twitter account.

Halladay died in a plane crash in November.

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