A week from now, we’ll know the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame Class. Based on public returns, the late Roy Halladay is very likely to be part of said class.
Courtesy of Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame vote tracker, 44.2 percent of the votes that will decide this year’s Hall of Fame class are now public. Thus far, the two-time Cy Young Award winner has received 94 percent of the vote. He needs to receive 60 percent of the votes on the remaining 55.8 percent of ballots to become a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Given the staggering support he’s received thus far, that seems overwhelmingly likely to be the case.
Halladay, who the Phillies posthumously inducted onto their Wall of Fame last August, went 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA, 3.39 FIP, 67 complete games and a 65.2 fWAR in 16 MLB seasons. “Doc” made eight All-Star teams and he’s one of just six pitchers in baseball history to win a Cy Young Award in both the American and National League.
Though he will certainly wear a Toronto Blue Jays cap on his Hall of Fame plaque, Halladay called the final four seasons of his career – which were spent in Philadelphia – the “icing on the cake” to his career when he retired in December of 2013.
Halladay won the National League Cy Young Award in 2010, tossing a league-leading nine complete games, including a perfect game against the Florida Marlins on May 29 of that year. In his first career postseason start in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS, Halladay threw just the second postseason no-hitter in baseball history against the Cincinnati Reds.
Though 2010 may be the most memorable season of his iconic career, Halladay was arguably even better in 2011. In his age-34 season, Halladay went 19-6 with a career-low 2.35 ERA, career-low 2.20 FIP and career-high 8.3 fWAR. Halladay was edged out for a second consecutive Cy Young Award in 2011 by Clayton Kershaw, someone that’s a near lock to join him in Cooperstown eventually. In any event, he teamed up with Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, both of whom also finished in the top five in National Leauge Cy Young Award voting in 2011, to help lead the Phillies to a franchise-record 102 regular season wins.
Halladay will almost certainly be joined by Mariano Rivera, considered by most to be the greatest reliever of all-time, who currently is polling at 100 percent. Seven-time All-Star Edgar Martinez, who has a grassroots campaign behind his Hall of Fame case, has received 90.7 percent of the vote thus far in his final year of ballot eligibility. Mike Mussina appears to be right on the cusp, having garnered 81.2 percent of votes so far. Meanwhile, the controversial trio of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling currently has just under the necessary 75 percent of votes, though even getting close to induction would seem to represent a successful year as they get later in their time on the ballot.
Anyone elected to the Hall of Fame on the regular ballot will join Harold Baines and Lee Smith, who were selected by the Today’s Game committee in December. The full 2019 Hall of Fame class will be announced on Tuesday January 22.
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