Roy “Doc” Halladay

On Tuesday night the National Baseball Hall of Fame added its’ 4 newest members. Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous selection in history. Roy Halladay made it on his first year of eligibility with a little over 85 percent (may he rest in peace). Mike Mussina made it on his sixth year with over 76 percent. Edgar Martinez made it on his tenth and final year on the ballot with a little over 85 percent. The debate over voting relievers and steroid users will continue over many years. The debate over which stats and achievements should make players eligible will last even longer. Here we will breakdown the highlights of their careers, from their debut to retirement. We will start with Roy “Doc” Halladay. One of the greatest starting pitchers of the last 20 years, Halladay was a true competitor. A hot prospect out of high school, the Blue Jays took him with the 17th pick in the first round of the ’95 draft. He debuted on September 20th, 1998 he threw 5 innings and gave up 2 earned runs. Nobody remembers that start, because in his next one he almost pitched a no-hitter. With 2 outs in the ninth he gave up a solo shot to end his bid. Halladay took that promise and ran it into the ground. 99-01 were not that great although he put up a respectable 3.16 ERA in 16 starts in ’01. In 2000 he put up a shocking 10.64 ERA, the highest for any pitcher who threw at least 50 innings. In 2002, Doc began to insert himself. He lead the league in innings pitched and posted a 19-7 record with a 2.93 ERA. He quickly showed that was no fluke by dominating in 2003 on the way to his first Cy Young award. 2004 was a lost season due to injuries. Despite a hot 12-4 start his 2005 season was killed by injuries as well. He pitched well in 2006 and earned a 3 year extension worth 40 million. He would finish each season from 06-11 with 16 or more wins. In 2007 he recorded his 100th win. Halladay finished second in Cy Young voting in 2008 and pitched well again in 2009. In 12 years with the Blue Jays he had just under 150 wins and an ERA of 3.43. The Blue Jays never reached the postseason during his tenure. He was traded to the Phillies before the 2010 season. He lead the league with 21 wins and helped the Phillies reach the playoffs. On May 29th, Roy Halladay threw baseball’s 20th perfect game. In his first playoff start he threw the second ever postseason no-hitter. The Phil’s swept the Reds and went onto face the Giants. Doc pitched twice, in game 1 he pitched 7 innings and gave up 4 runs taking the loss. In game 5 he won, pitching 6 innings and only giving up 2 runs. The Giants beat the Phillies in six and then went onto win the World Series. After the season he was named the Cy Young winner becoming only the 5th player ever to win the award in both leagues. In 2011 the Phillies put together a starting rotation of Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels. Doc won 19 games and posted a 2.35 ERA. The Phillies finished with the league’s best record for the second year in a row. Doc pitched in game 1 against the Cardinals. He gave up 3 runs in the first inning but recovered to pitch 8 innings and get the win. He pitched brilliantly in game 5, but lost 1-0 to end the Phillies season. Once again the team that defeated the Phillies went on to win the World Series. This was Halladay’s last postseason start. Injuries slowed Halladay down in his last two years and eventually lead to his retirement. Roy Halladay pitched for 16 seasons and compiled a record of 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA. He was an 8 time All-Star and won 2 Cy Young awards. He made ten opening day starts and won 20 games 3 times. He threw a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter. He was a terrific teammate and a great competitor. The Hall is beefing up their staff with this acquisition. RIP.