Roy Halladay is on the 2019 HOF ballot, is there even a doubt if he will make it to Cooperstown?

Is Roy Halladay a Hall of Famer?

This might be the dumbest question I’ve ever asked. Well, that probably isn’t true, but of course, Halladay is a Hall of Famer. I wanted to take a dive into Halladay’s career statistic, and just marvel at his amazing career.

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Halladay’s career numbers

I didn’t think it would be fair to Halladay to just list some of his career numbers, so I decided to use a screenshot of his entire career. Some of the biggest takeaways from this are his career record, his complete games, innings, walks, and strikeouts. Halladay finished his career with a WAR of 64.3, a record of 203-105, 67 complete games, 2749.1 innings, 592 walks, and 2117 strikeouts. In Halladay’s Cy Young season of 2010 with the Phillies, he went 21-10 with nine complete games and threw 250.2 innings while walking just 30 and 219 strikeouts.

Honestly, if you like looking at career statistics of baseball players, Halladay’s baseball reference page is one you could get lost in. Throughout his career, he had four seasons with nine complete games, one season with eight complete games, and one season with seven complete games. From 2007-2011 he went the distance 42 times. To put that into perspective, the most complete games in 2018 were two. The league lead for complete games had an eight-way tie.

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There is more than numbers with Halladay

If you were to ask anyone who knew Halladay, you would always hear the same things. “His work ethic is unbelievable.” “He is a genuinely great person.” The quotes and stories continue like this.

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I think one of my favorite stories about Halladay is this. Halladay threw eight innings in his start that night. When he was officially done for the night, he sat and watched the rest of the game with his teammates. What happened next is something that has pushed me to this day. When the game was officially over, Halladay went back to the clubhouse and got on the bike. He was on the bike for over an hour, and when someone asked him why, his answer was simple.

“I usually do 30 minutes after each start, but I only pitched until the 8th tonight. My legs need to be in better shape, and that way I can finish the game.” (This is how I remember/was told the story)

Halladay’s work ethic is something that I tried to model my own work ethic after. He was a team guy first and foremost, and that’s what people remember.

Gone too soon

If you are a Phillies or Blue Jays fan, or just a baseball fan in general, you should be able to remember where you were when the news broke that Halladay had passed away. I was actually in class at college. I can remember waking up to the notification when Jose Fernandez died, and these are tragedies that no one can be ready for when they happen. The point of including this was to show the impact that Halladay had on the fans.

Although Halladay was retired when he died, he was just 40 years old. He left behind a wife and two sons. A wife who will never see her husband again, and two sons who will never see their father again.

Let’s finally answer the question

I answered the question at the beginning of this article, but it needs to be reiterated. Halladay is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and with his 64.3 career WAR, along with his total career statistics show that he deserves to be in Cooperstown. Halladay deserves to be in the Hall, but I do not expect him to get more than 91% or 92% of the votes. There will be, just like there always is, voters who don’t think he deserves to get in on his first try. Either way, he will be a Hall of Famer and if you ask me, we will not see another pitcher like Halladay in our lifetime. A competitor who consistently finishes games.

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