The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Monday that the team signed right-handed pitcher Roy Halladay to a one-day contract, upon which Halladay will retire after 16 years in the majors. Halladay is coming off shoulder injuries over the past two seasons. He returned to the Philadelphia Phillies in August after shoulder surgery, but it was not the same Halladay we have seen in the past.
Halladay finished with 203 wins, 2,117 strikeouts, two Cy Young awards (one with the Blue Jays and the other with the Phillies) and a no-hitter in the playoffs against the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 NLDS. However, he never made a World Series appearance and does not have a ring. Halladay also had a stretch of four seasons with an ERA of under 3.00.
Do his number warrant consideration to be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame?
His time on the ballot is not going to be for another few years, but Halladay’s numbers closely resemble at least one Hall of Fame pitcher, Dazzy Vance. Vance finished with 197 wins in his 16-year career, but also led the league in strikeouts for seven consecutive years. Other pitchers that closely resemble Halladay’s numbers are Ron Guidry and Dwight Gooden, both pitcher who are not in the Hall of Fame.
Halladay was clearly one of the best pitchers of the generation, but he did not get to that final stage in the playoffs. The ring is the only thing that could damage his potential entrance, but it will be interesting to see how the writers vote when his time comes.