Gausman tweeted Thursday that he will wear the No. 34 starting next season “to honor Roy Halladay both on and off the field.”
In honor of Roy #34 pic.twitter.com/iuA28LNd1I
— Kevin Gausman (@KevinGausman) December 7, 2017
“To me, Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams — being a pitcher just like him,” Gausman wrote on Twitter. “… The loss of Roy was tragic and is saddening, but I feel honored to have watched everything he achieved.”
Gausman noted that both pitcher grew up in Colorado and said he felt like part of a fraternity with the two-time Cy Young Award winner.
The 26-year-old Gausman went 11-12 with a 4.68 ERA for the Orioles last season.