Hall Of Fame Debate: Analyzing The Career Of Roy Halladay
As soon as the announcement of Roy Halladay’s retirement hit my IPhone courtesy of my SportsCenter app, I immediately wondered how it would be reacted to by the baseball world.
Halladay has long been a favorite of mine, at one time he held the top spot among active pitchers not calling Miami home.
I compare him often to Fergie Jenkins – elite for a decade, and oftentimes overlooked because of where he played and how his teams fared while he starred with them.
And now, with his major league career closed, the question becomes – ‘Is Roy Halladay a Hall Of Famer’??
So, let’s debate!!!
The 16-year career ended with a record of 203-105, good for a win percentage of 65.9%. He amassed an ERA of 3.38 and pitched 200 or more innings in a season eight times. Halladay threw 67 complete games and tossed 20 shutouts. In 2,749 innings of work, he struck out 2,117 batters while walking just 592 – good for a 3.58:1 ratio as well as a ratio of 6.9 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched.
Halladay was named as an All-Star eight times. He finished in the Top 9 for the MVP Award on two occasions and he is a 2-time Cy Young Award winner.
He has pitched a perfect game and threw a no-hitter in his first postseason performance.
In his 16 season career, he only made the playoffs twice, both near the end of his career with the Phillies. He has never played in a World Series.
It is quite a resume – but is it Hall of Fame worthy??
That is a very good question.
Can a player that averaged just over 12.5 wins per season rest along the likes of Tom Seaver or Juan Marichal? Does a pitcher that was the ‘Ace’ of his staff for a decade but could not deliver the postseason deserve induction alongside baseball’s greatest of all-time??
For me, the answer is simple – IT IS YES!!! Halladay was the dominant pitcher in the AL for a 8-year stretch that saw 2 Cy Young Awards and five more ‘Top 5’ finishes. The numbers are completely impressive – and even more so when you look at the teams he faced while playing in the very competitive AL East.
He has my vote.
Does he have yours??? Let’s hear it.