2013 Will Not Be Roy Halladay's MLB Swan Song

By David A. Cattai
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A rough 2012 season has Philadelphia Phillies fans worrying about the future of their thirty-five-year old ace.

Roy Halladay is coming off of what is, arguably, the worst season of his 15-year MLB career.

In 25 starts, the veteran right-hander pitched 156.1 innings, finished with a 11-8 record, and had a 4.49 ERA. Fans everywhere were worried about Halladay’s arm strength and whether or not the excess amount of innings that he has pitched over the past six seasons (220-plus in all six) will affect the rest of his career.

Prior to 2012, Halladay was coming off of back-to-back, dominant performances in his first two seasons as a pitcher in the National League, both of which led him to twice be an All-Star selection and  twice finish in the top-two of National League Cy Young voting (2010 winner).

2013 will not be Halladay’s MLB Swan Song, however.

The veteran right-hander is regarded as one of the most dominant and intelligent pitchers of the past decade. Halladay has finished in the top-five of Cy Young voting seven times and has won the award twice, once in each league. He has even thrown a perfect game as well as a no-hitter.

Why would anyone bet against a pitcher who could be a future-Hall of Famer? The answer is they should not.

The last time Halladay had an ERA over the 4.00-mark was in 2004 where he not only finished with a 4.20 ERA in 21 starts with the Toronto Blue Jays, but also dealt with a ‘tired throwing arm’ and was placed on the disabled list twice.

The very next season, Halladay not only won 12 games, but he also made the AL All-Star team, led the AL in complete games (5), walked 18 batters, and recorded a 2.41 ERA, all of which was done prior to the All-Star break.

Halladay’s 2005 was cut short, however, when he was hit on his leg by a line drive hit by former-Texas Rangers outfielder Kevin Mench. If he had never been hurt, who know what Halladay could have done for the Blue Jays in 2005.

Despite a difficult 2012 season, all signs point to Halladay bouncing back in 2013 and continuing his brilliant career for a couple of more seasons.

David A. Cattai is a featured journalist with Rant Sports. Follow me on Twitter (@DCattaiSports), Facebook, and Google+ for sports updates.

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