Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman to wear No. 34 in honor of Roy Halladay

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 19: Kevin Gausman #39 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches to a Boston Red Sox batter in the fourth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 19, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman will be sporting a new uniform number during the 2018 MLB season.

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

In the social media post, Gausman said that Halladay, a Colorado native like himself, instantly became his idol. Gausman added that “Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams — being a pitcher just like him.”

The 26-year-old concluded by saying that he will honor Halladay “on and off the field.”