Halladay the Great
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.
- Phillies’ Roy Halladay throws no-hitter in Game 1 of NLDS (sportingnews.com)
- Don Larsen, Meet Roy Halladay (online.wsj.com)