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Year In Review: Roy Halladay

“Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?” – Laurence Fishburne in “The Matrix”

It sure felt like a dream when the news first broke of the Phillies’ imminent acquisition of Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays. Dreams of sugarplums and a 2011 rotation highlighted by Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels were kicking off the two-week countdown to Christmas with a lion’s share of bliss. Those dreams, short-lived as they were with the subsequent trading of Lee, were reignited on opening day in Washington.

7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K.

And Doc was off and running on what would become a historic season. A 1.45 ERA through his first seven starts; a perfect game May 29; nine complete games and four shutouts, including one to clinch the division; a playoff no-hitter; a Cy Young Award.

So much can be made of the awesome numbers Halladay posted: 250.2 IP, 219 K, a 2.44 ERA, a 7.3 K:BB ratio, all of which combined to form a legitimately historic season. Since 1901, there have been two pitcher seasons of 250-plus innings, 200-plus strikeouts, 30 or fewer walks with a 2.50 or lower ERA. Roy Halladay has one, Cy Young has the other. The award seems even more fitting, now.

Sure, he had his hiccups. The mess in Boston following his 130-pitch outing against the Pirates, the struggles against the Yankees, Cubs and Rockies. Hey, the guy’s human after all, which is good, because I think using a real robot would be cheating.

Even in the playoffs, Halladay was nearly unstoppable. A no-hitter against Cincinnati, a close loss against Tim Lincecum, and a tough performance with a strained groin muscle.

I could wax poetic about Halladay’s 2010 from now until kingdom come. It was everything any of us could have hoped for and more, piled on top of enormous expectations. Doc made it publicly known that he wanted to come to Philadelphia, left money on the table, crushed most of his competition, won a major award and made more history beyond that.

I can only wonder what the coming years will bring.


PAT GALLEN’S GRADE: 10 – He came. He saw. He conquered. Roy Halladay was everything Phillies fans dreamed of, and more. Doc put together a historical season and we were lucky enough to have witnessed it here. Thanks, Toronto.

AMANDA ORR’S GRADE: 10 – He deserves a number higher than 10.  Work horse. Complete Games. Shutouts. Perfect Game. No-hitter in the playoffs. Cy Young.  Team MVP.  What more can you ask for?

KIERAN CAROBINE’S GRADE: 10.1 – (Gotta be different).


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  1. GoPhils

    January 4, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Roy Halladay had a stellar 2010. It was highlighted by the no-hitter and the perfect game. He could have won more games than he did if the Phils had scored more runs. His command is excellent and so is his work ethic. He cannot throw anything straight. He came up with some big hits this season, although he appeared comically awkward. He would have played leftfield during that Astros game if asked. He has a fierce desire to win. David Eckstein owns Halladay. He is widely considered the best pitcher in baseball. He appears to have a very solid character and does not care that Cliff Lee has a better contract than he does. Joe Paterno actually met him in the Phils Clearwater facility anad came away very impressed.

  2. Chuck

    January 4, 2011 at 10:36 am


  3. tavian

    January 4, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Great pitcher who deserved a 10 +. Future Hall-of-Famer !! Glad he’s a Phillie.

  4. bruce

    January 4, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I give “Doc” a 9.9…not a perfect 10. Why? He didn’t quite get the team to the Promised Land (World Series). He allowed 6 runs in 13 innings (4.15 ERA) and losing a start against SF Giants in the NLCS. the guy. 🙂

  5. bfo_33

    January 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I don’t believe that perfection is achievable – give him a 9.999999999. We’ve had a few good seasons from other pitchers in the past 25 years, but Halladay is the first guy since Carlton who was a “gimme” win.

  6. Pat Gallen

    January 4, 2011 at 11:42 am

    There’s no way he doesn’t get a 10. He’s the best pitcher in baseball and no one is perfect – even he couldn’t overcome a shoddy offense and help get the team to the World Series. That wasn’t his fault, however.

    If his offense doesn’t fail him countless times, we’d be looking at a 25 game winner. Wins are meaningless, we’ve established that. But to the naked eye, 25 wins looks better than 21. Halladay was good enough for that.

    And how can you NOT give a guy a 10 after pitching a perfect game AND a playoff no-hitter. It’s one of the most ridiculous seasons ever accomplished in the modern era. That my friends is worthy of a 10 (or more).

  7. Paul Boye

    January 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I did consider giving him a 9.9 for a minute, but after looking at just how much he accomplished, really, a 10 was the only grade I could give. In spite of a couple rough starts, the rest was just so overwhelmingly awesome.

  8. Don M

    January 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Ruin Tomorrow Jr . . . . WTF was he thinking trading “prospects” for this guy.. Kyle Drabek could be the next freaking Roy Halladay, and he went and traded him!??… Fire Ruben

    oh, and I give Doc a 12 on a scale of 1-to-10 … he’s that good

    • Johanna

      January 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      Nice grade for the Doc, but how do you think we acquire a guy like that if not trading prospects?

      • Don M

        January 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm

        it was a joke.. to all the morons that complained when that trade went down

        Phillies got the best pitcher in baseball.. and he proved it once again

    • betasigmadeltashag

      January 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Don why are you trying to make me break my New Year’s resolution this early in the month. You are trying my soul, I am trying real hard not to tell you what an idiot you are by berating the guy who has help build this team up to WS contention for the past 3 years and for 4 or 5 years to come. RAJ will go down as one of the best GM’s in Phillies history. They still have a loaded farm system with some really good arms and position players outside of middle infield guys, but they are loaded even after this core is retired and gone. I think I still stayed inside my boundries of my resolution, but please do not post like an idiot until at least June

      • Chuck

        January 5, 2011 at 10:46 am

        betashag….I don’t think Don is berating RAJ. Read again.

  9. Lefty

    January 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Neo should get a totem.

    Exceeding expectations is hard enough. When the level of expectation is as high as it was for Doc entering last season with a new team, it’s almost impossible to do. He accomplished it anyway.
    IMO – Anyone that would argue the grade should be lower than 10 should keep that in mind.

  10. Johanna

    January 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I can’t say enought good things about Roy Halladay. He is a classy, classic player. 10 out of 10 from me!

  11. MissPhillie

    January 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Agree on all points!! Halladay is just amazing all around, 10/10 for sure!

  12. Brooks

    January 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    A nearly perfect 10!

    So Pat – lets say the offense works up to its potential and Cole and Roy Halladay pitch like they did last year – would both be worthy of at 10? Cole would have had 20 victories easy if there was run support – what did he lose, 7 games when he gave up 3 or less runs?

    • Pat Gallen

      January 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      Cole had a pretty pedestrian first month of the season, which is what really did him in. Hell, he didn’t get a Cy Young vote (somehow).

      10’s are reserved for guys who do extraordinary things – like throw 2 no-no’s in a season. Don’t think Cole would be on that level just yet.

  13. betasigmadeltashag

    January 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    wasn’ t this one a given? Doc did what he does pitch a lot of innings completes game and gives his teams a chance to win everytime he takes mound and if that is not a ten then I do not know what is

  14. The Original Chuck P

    January 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    When the rumors first started two years ago, I said that if there was any way that we could get this guy in Philadelphia, Rube and Co had to do whatever they could to make it happen. He is a pitcher that comes along very rarely… by the end of his career, he’ll be linked to the best. The competitive spirit, the talent, the array of pitches and the dominance that he has over a game. Yea, he deserves a 10.

  15. Hyunno Lee

    January 4, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Doc went over ridiculously high expectation. I’ve never been able to see Carlton on the mound, but now I just experienced same kinda performance level. 10 is too small to honor him. no question.

  16. Jay aka Phillyboy

    January 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm


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