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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.




Halladay To Yankees?

 

Bud Selig is now thinking of shortening the postseason after it took the Yankees 31 days to play 15 games because of so many offdays.

 

 

The Yankees have talked to the Blue Jays about Roy Halladay. If they do wind up signing Halladay during the offseason they will have the most solid starting pitching staff in the majors.

How is this for a starting pitching staff?

C.C. Sabathia

Roy Halladay

A.J. Burnett

Andy Pettitte

Joba Chamberlain

The money would be no problem for the Yankees since they could adjust their payroll like they did last offseason to free up the money to sign Halladay if he is acquired by the Yankees in a trade.

If they have to release Andy Pettitte to free up part of that money they will be getting one starter while letting one of their most dependable starters walk.

Pettitte may be a excellent starting pitcher but he is not in the class of Halladay.

Halladay was 17-10 with a 2.79 ERA while Pettitte was 14-8 with a 4.16 ERA. Halladay pitched nine complete games and four shutouts while Pettite didn’t pitch a complete game or a shutout.

There is no doubt who had better command in 2009 with Pettitte issuing the 14th most walks in the majors with 76 while Halladay issued only 35 walks finishing in 161st place.

The best thing about a trade for Halladay while keeping Pettitte would be that there would be no chance of Sergio Mitre starting a game for the Yankees in 2010.


Scioscia Wins  2009 AL Manager of the Year Award

Mike Scioscia won the 2009 AL Manager of the Year award yesterday after piloting the  Los Angeles Angels to the AL West title.

He was a stabilizing influence after the tragic death of Nick Adenhart early in the season. Then he had to deal with a rash of injuries to his starting rotation and yet kept the Angels in contention.

He has posted 900 wins in 10 seasons and has .556 winning percentage which ties him with Bobby Cox with both of them being 21st lifetime among all major league managers in winning percentage.

Scioscia has never had the Angels finish lower than third during his helm and is fourth in average finish with a 1.8 rank.


Tracy Wins NL Manager of the Year Award

When Jim Tracy replaced Clint Hurdle as the manager of the Colorado Rockies last May it was regarded as a move to stop the bleeding and guide the Rockies to a respectable finish.

Tracy did a lot more than that. He took the Rockies to the NLDS where they lost to the Phillies but nobody expected that in May. He not only took over team but turned around their season leading the Rockies to win the 2009 NL wild card race before losing to the Phillies in the NLDS.

 

Yankees Played Only 15 Games In 31 Days

Enroute to Their 27th World Championship

Bud Selig said this week that MLB will look into shortening the 2010 postseason after it took the Yankees 31 days to win the 11 games they needed to become the World Series champions earlier this month.

Part of the problem is when a team sweeps either the division or championship series in their league they may have to wait several days to play if their next opponent is playing a five or seven game series.

It will be interesting to see how Selig and his owner cronies solve this situation if it is solvable.

If they tighten up the schedule too much they could have problems with rainouts while this last offseason there was some flexibility with the extra offdays.

Selig remains opposed to expanded instant replay but is open to discussions on its expansion. I am sure the Angels would like to see it instituted since they were clearly victims of some terrible calls in the ALCS.

 

 



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