Roy Halladay is undoubtedly the last “workhorse” that MLB will ever see. Nowadays, pitch counts and almost mandatory Tommy John surgeries have turned one of the most manly and demanding positions in baseball into one of the least important spots on the field. Furthermore, Halladay announced his retirement on Monday and walks away from the game with a puncher’s chance at the Hall of Fame.
However, the baseball hall of fame has proven to be an absolute joke over the past few seasons, so let’s put that honor to the side and ask this: will Halladay go down as the best starting pitcher of his generation? Well, he was definitely the most serviceable. Since 2002, Halladay managed to lead the league in innings pitched four separate times with a career average of 232 innings per 162 games. If not for two downs years to end Halladay’s career his numbers would be even more impressive.
Moreover, Halladay will forever be compared to fellow workhorses like Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte and Roy Oswalt. And to be honest: I would take Halladay over any of those three starters as “Doc” dominated his generation and was the best pitcher in baseball for nearly half of his 16-year career. So as this Toronto Blue Jays’ legend waits to have his No. 32 retired, let’s wait and see if Halladay will have the letters H-O-F next to his name in the coming years.