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Roy Halladay: Hall of Famer?


The Philadelphia Phillies made a great move by signing Roy Halladay last offseason and he gave them one more reason to be happy about the signing with the second no-hitter in postseason history as the Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in Philadelphia last night.


Everyone knows by now about Roy Halladay’s 4-0 no-hit win over the Reds last night. So much has been written about the game that this might be a good time to consider Halladay’s credentials for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Halladay with 169 wins in 13 major league seasons will be 34 next May and it is unlikely as of today that he will win 300 games which is the usual benchmark that insures automatic induction into the Hall of Fame.

If Halladay wins at least 15 games a season the rest of his career and pitches through the age of 40 he would finish with 274 wins. If he were to win 18 games a season assuming he pitches another seven seasons he would finish with 295 wins.

Even if he were to win 20 games in each of those seven seasons he would have a career win total of 309 which is unlikely to happen even for Halladay.

However even if he doesn’t win 300 games it may not matter as much by then in this day of pitch counts which sometimes takes a starting pitcher out of a game with a tie score preventing a chance for a win.

I once saw a game in the 60’s when Whitey Ford gave up 16 hits in a Yankees game with the Kansas City Athletics and still pitched a complete game loss.

Since that is not likely to happen in these days of high salaried pitchers it isn’t fair to expect Halladay to win 300 games to gain induction into the Hall of Fame.

Halladay posted a 18-17 record over his first four major league seasons from 1998-2001 then posted a 41-14 record over the 2002-2003 seasons.

He may have lost his chance for a 300 win career when he started 40 games total over the 2004 and 2005 seasons while posting a combined 20-12 record.

Nobody has been better among active players than Halladay when it comes to finishing games. He leads all active pitchers with 58 complete games with C.C. Sabathia at 29 the closest pitcher under the age of 30 who has 30 complete games but only has had two in each of the last two seasons.

Halladay almost certainly insured his induction into the Hall of Fame last night with the second no-hitter in postseason history which dates back to 1903. After having pitched a perfect game during the regular season Halladay has pitched a third of the six no-hitters thrown during the regular season and postseason.

Among Halladay’s credentials for Hall of Fame induction about 2025 or sooner depending on when he retires:

7 All Star games

Cy Young Award in both leagues if he wins the NL award for this season

3 time 20 game winner

1714 strikeouts (set career highs in strikeouts in the last three seasons with 206, 208 and 219 so could have 3,000 strikeouts by the time he retires)

Halladay had a total of 379 strikeouts over the 2005-2007 seasons but during the 2008-2010 seasons he has posted 633 strikeouts making him an even better pitcher by not allowing batters to make contact as often as in the past.

Unless Halladay has a serious injury or has several bad seasons we should see him making his acceptance speech in Cooperstown at some point in the middle 2020’s.

One last note about last night’s game:  Halladay pitched his no-hitter against the NL leading Reds in runs with 790 and in batting average with a .272 mark so he not only pitched a no-hitter in the postseason but did it against the best hitting team in the NL.


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6 thoughts on “Roy Halladay: Hall of Famer?

  1. P. Stocks on said:

    Amazing performance last night. Caught the last couple of innings as I am on the West Coast and working when the game started, but thanks to the internet, followed what was happening.

    • I missed the game too since we were in church last night and was shocked to hear about the no-hitter. The Reds were complaining about the weather and the home plate umpiring but they should be congratulating Halladay and start preparing for the next game on Friday. The Reds are doomed if they continue to dwell on negativity instead of concentrating on playing baseball.

  2. The way pitchers are coddled today, 300 career wins are a thing of the past and 20 game seasons are a thing of the past. It even seems as though complete games are a thing of the past. There will have to be a new standard for pitchers to get into the Hall of Fame.

  3. I agree 100 percent. Pitchers will still win 20 games but not on a regular enough basis to total 300 wins by the end of their careers.

    Jamie Moyer for example has a 20 and 21 win season and a 17 win season but has won more than 14 games only two other times with 15 and 16 win seasons in 24 years. He will be 48 next month and still is 33 wins short of 300 wins.

  4. 48colorrainbow on said:

    Once the last of the 300-game winners get in, will any starting pitcher make the Hall of Fame on their first ballot? Now would be as good a time as any for the voters to adjust their standards for pitchers. I think Halladay will get in, though it may take him a few ballots.

    • I know it is only an unwritten rule about 300 winners getting in the Hall of Fame but the voters have never kept a 300 game winner out of the Hall of Fame but Roger Clemens could be the first not voted in. By the time Halladay is eligible I look for him to get in whether he wins 300 games or not because the voters will see that no starting pitcher is likely to get 300 wins again. It may happen again but it will be a very rare occurence.

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