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Halladay the Great


Roy Halladay

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Congratulations to Phillies pitcher, Roy Halladay, who tossed the first post-season no-hitter in the Majors since Don Larsen‘s perfect game in  1956.  Halladay also pitched a perfect game earlier this year on May 29th vs. the Marlins.

Now is the time for all baseball fan’s to finally recognize how truly great Halladay has been in his fantastic career.

This past season, Halladay led the National League in wins (21) complete games (9), shutouts (4), innings pitched (250.2) and batters faced (993).  The epitome of a true workhorse, Halladay has pitched at least 220 innings in each of the past five seasons.

Halladay set a new career high in strikeouts this year with 219, the fourth 200 K season in his career.

Halladay’s career record is now 169-86, good for a .663 win-loss percentage.

His career WAR stands at 54.3, about the same as Sandy Koufax.

He has already won one Cy Young award, and should be the favorite to win his second this year.  He has also finished in the top five in Cy Young voting in four other seasons.

Halladay walked just 30 batters this year, and has topped 40 walks in a season just twice in the past decade.

Halladay has now appeared in seven All-Star games.

For over a decade now, Halladay has been one of the finest pitchers in baseball.  What he accomplished yesterday was not merely a moment of greatness.  It was yet another moment of greatness in a storied career that will one day lead inevitably to induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Halladay’s is the kind of career we will one day want to share with the younger generations who weren’t around to see him pitch.  We should count ourselves lucky for having witnessed his greatness.

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4 thoughts on “Halladay the Great

  1. As to your point on pitchers being forgotten quicker than hitters, that’s a good observation–and I agree, with notable exceptions like Koufax and Seaver (2 of our favorites). Maybe it has to do with the fact you don’t see them everyday like you do a hitter. Simple speculation on my part. As usual, nice post and telling observation.

    • I think you may be right about the pitchers being forgotten more easily due to not being seen everyday. But it’s probably also that more people seem to like 6-4 games with three home runs than 2-0 games with just a few hits and not much “action.” Personally, I enjoy a good pitching performance at least as much, if not more, than a high scoring game. But as a great baseball philosopher once said, “Chicks dig the long-ball.” Guess that about sums it up.
      Thanks for reading, Bill

  2. Bill,
    I’ve been a believer all along. The guy has been a winner, as your research points out, long before the no-hitter.

    I also thought Frank Viola was a winner (your last post) and enjoyed watching him whenever he pitched.

    Nice posts.

    • Hi Rich, Always a pleasure to hear from you. Assuming he stays healthy for the next half dozen year, Halladay will end up being considered one of the all-time greats. He’s already close.
      As for Viola, when the Mets obtained him in 1990, I was sure they would be unbeatable with their rotation of Viola, Cone, Gooden, Fernandez and Darling. Those five combined for 900 strikeouts. But the Mets, as usual, underachieved. And Viola was never quite the same after that one big year with the Mets.
      Pitchers seem to become forgotten more quickly than hitters. Don’t know why that is.
      Thanks for reading, Bill

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