For the second year in a row, a former Phillies’ player has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Last year it was Jim Thome and this year it is Roy Halladay. Although neither player will be wearing a Phillies’ hat in Cooperstown, both played an important part in Phillies’ history. Let’s take a quick look at Halladay’s career and some of his best moments.
1st Ballot Hall of Fame for Halladay
There have been 47 players selected into the Hall of Fame on their first ballot. After this year’s class, that number goes up to 49 with the additions of Mariano Rivera and Halladay. Halladay is nothing short of deserving, and that should be clear to everyone who watched him pitch.
I don’t think there is any doubt that Halladay deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and I would even go as far to say that he deserves to be a 1st ballot
Best Halladay moments?
We could sit here all night and dive into Halladay’s entire career. I’ve done that before, and you can read it here. During the span of his career, he led all of major league baseball in complete games and shutouts. Without a doubt, these are stats that we may never see again.
If I had to pick one moment of Halladay’s career, I think I would go with the postseason no-hitter. I understand that he threw a perfect game against the Marlins, but the postseason no-hitter was just the second no-hitter in postseason history. He was dominant in that postseason game against the Cincinnati Reds. Every single pitch and every single inning. Therefore you knew something special was happening.
Every single time Halladay took the mound, you just assumed that he was going to throw a complete game. I understand that the game of baseball has changed, but to me, that simple fact proves he is a HOFer. If I were to say, Roy Halladay, you should instantly think, “Hall of Famer,” and that it the most important thing.
A sad truth
I didn’t want to bring this up, but Halladay becomes the first player to be inducted on their first ballot and not be alive since the first HOF voting. Roberto Clemente was voted in on a special election following his tragic death.
Although Halladay won’t be there to enjoy this moment, his family will. That is all that matters. Most of us as fans just see a guy in a baseball uniform and we don’t think of the man, the dad, the husband, the friend. It really takes a tragedy to look at a professional athlete as something more than he/she is well, after tonight, Halladay can be looked at as a 1st ballot Hall of Famer.