Hall Of Fame Debate: Analyzing The Career Of Roy Halladay

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!!!

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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.

8 responses to “Hall Of Fame Debate: Analyzing The Career Of Roy Halladay

  1. I think he’ll be voted in, but I’m surprised his stats weren’t better than what they ended up being. Also the only HOF pitcher that his stats are similar to is Dazzy Vance which really surprised me.

    His 162 game average season is really good, but his ERA and WHIP are much higher than I thought they would be. He had a few seasons that killed his stats (1999, 2000, 2004 & 2013).

    • Matt- I think he’ll get a lot of credit when it comes to the teams he played for, especially while in Toronto. I mean, he single-handidly was winning ballgames for that club – with very little support from the Jays.

  2. I consider Roy Halladay as a Sandy Koufax-Lite. Not as dominate as Koufax, but both were considered best pitcher in the Majors for a brief period. Koufax was undoubtedly on track to have HOF numbers if not for his arm/shoulder issues. If Roy hadn’t been plaqued by his arm issues the past season and a half, would he have gotten to 300 wins, I think so, his talent and dominance supports that.

    Yes, I think he is a HOF pitcher. I think if the sample size is large enough, than shorten career players who were dominate should be in. If a guy has a couple of breakout seasons and then gets hurt, no. But, Sandy it was obvious he was HOF caliber and Roy was 2/3’s of the way there.

  3. Looking at his numbers a little closer, if you remove 2013 season, he had 199 wins at 35. Could he averaged 20 wins for the next five seasons if healthy? Maybe two of those five seasons. He would have needed to win 15 or more another 4 seasons, putting him at 42.

    I wouldn’t put him on the same level as Greg Maddux, but equal to Tom Glavine. Glavine had to pitch to 41 to get over the 300 win hurdle.

    The thing I hate about these good pitchers that we root for to get to 300 wins, they often bloat their ERAs in the process. Does that tarnish their careers some? Rather have 300 wins or 250 wins with an ERA half a run less?

    • Charley- I understand exactly what you’re saying. And that is why I cherish the guys like Palmer, Jenkins, and Gibson. They did not chase – Yes, they all left the game a tad bit too late, but they did not tarnish their numbers chasing 300. And they, like Halladay, were all at times the best pitcher in the game for a good stretch.

  4. My vote is yes. I heard the definition of a hall of famer is a guy who is dominate at his position for 10 years. It’s hard to argue that, that’s not true about Halladay.

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