Top 5 Greatest Roy Halladay Moments
The Legend Of Doc Halladay
Roy Halladay announced his retirement on Monday which means that we get five years now to argue over whether or not he's worthy of being enshrined in Cooperstown. One certainty, though, is that from 2002-2011 he was the most dominant pitcher in baseball.
From 2002-2011 Halladay was either first or second in ERA-plus (148), strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.57), innings pitched (2,194.2), complete games (63) and WAR (62.4). During that ten year period of dominance he was selected to eight All-Star games, won two Cy Young awards and finished in the top five of voting seven times, and received top-10 votes for league MVP in two seasons. Halladay was the most dominant pitcher -- and one of the most dominant players in the entire sport -- for a decade.
For his career, Halladay led his league in complete games seven times, strikeout-to-walk ratio five times, shutouts and innings pitched four times, walks per nine three times, wins twice, WHIP once, ERA-plus once and in 2010 Halladay became the only man to throw two no-hitters in the same season since Nolan Ryan did it in 1973.
Halladay's career resume may not boast the longevity of most Hall of Fame pitchers, but if you stack up his decade of dominance against the peak years of most other Hall of Fame pitchers it's tough to deny his worthiness.
Doc's Hall of Fame worth is surely going to be a hot topic until he qualifies for the ballot in 2018, but whether he makes it into Cooperstown or not there is no denying that the pitcher provided us with some incredible moments. I took a look at what I believe were the five greatest moments of Roy Halladay's illustrious career.
5. September 27, 1998
This was the day where we all got a glimpse as to just how dominant Roy Halladay could be. In what was just his second major league start, Halladay took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers. Halladay ended up allowing a solo home run to Bobby Higginson, but the Toronto Blue Jays still went on to win the game 2-1.
4. September 6, 2003
Roy Halladay shut out the Detroit Tigers in what has been just one of five games in the 21st century in which a pitcher has thrown at least 10 innings. Halladay struck out five, took a no hitter into the eighth inning (he eventually gave up three hits) and didn't walk a batter. He did it all with just 98 pitches in just two hours and three minutes.
3. Doc Wins His Second Cy Young Award
After leading MLB in wins (21), shutouts (4), complete games (9), innings pitched (250.2), BB/9 (1.1), K/BB (7.3), batters faced (993) and throwing a perfect game, Roy Halladay unanimously won the 2010 Cy Young Award. This was Halladay's second Cy Young award, and he became the fifth pitcher to win the award in both the AL and the NL, joining Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens.
1. October 6, 2010
On October 6, 2010 Roy Halladay threw just the second no-hitter in postseason history in his first ever playoff start, absolutely cementing his legendary status. Halladay gave up just one walk on the day -- Jay Bruce took ball four on a very close call in a 3-2 count in the fifth inning -- and his stuff was arguably more dominant than it was in his perfect game.