Analysis

Roy Halladay Wins NL Cy Young Award



Roy Halladay has reason to smile…again.

Yesterday, Halladay became the cover boy for MLB 2K11. Today, he became the National League Cy Young Award winner by grabbing all 32 first-place votes, beating out Adam Wainwright and Ubaldo Jimenez.

“The Doc” tallied 224 points, Wainwright was second with 122, and Jimenez had 90 points. The rest of the totals can be seen here.

Halladay finished the 2010 season 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA over 33 starts.  He led the NL in the following: wins, complete games (nine), shutouts (four) and innings pitched (250 2/3). Oh, and by the way, he threw the 20th perfect game in MLB history against the Marlins in May.

With the win, Halladay brings home his second Cy Young Award – his first came in 2003 with the Blue Jays – making him the fifth player to win it in both leagues. Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Roger Clemens are the other.

What an incredible year for Roy Halladay. He followed up the fantastic regular season with a first-start no-hitter in the playoffs, only the second in MLB history in the postseason. And that doesn’t even count toward the Cy Young voting.

He also made the city forget about Cliff Lee (almost) although the faithful still enjoy talking about him to the day.

We applaud Halladay for being a class individual as well as the best pitcher in the game. Although Halladay and the Phillies were unable to achieve the ultimate goal of another World Series title, watching him dominate every fifth day was quite satisfying as a baseball fan. Being at the playoff no-hitter was one of the greatest memories I’ll carry with me, too.

Congrats, Roy Halladay. You’ve earned it.

Roy Halladay highlights from this season:

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