If you asked adolescent baseball fans who their favorite pitcher was, a good portion of them would say Roy Halladay. For his entire career, Halladay was the epitome of an ideal pitcher on and off the diamond. He was a true role model for this generation of baseball fans and players alike. During his career with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, Halladay was beloved by fans across the country for his phenomenal pitching and his inspiring character off the field.
Halladay was born and raised in Arvada, Colorado. Halladay’s young career took off during his time pitching at Arvada West High School. From there, he would be drafted straight out of high school. Halladay would be taken 17th overall in the first round by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1995 MLB draft. After 3 years in the minor leagues, Roy Halladay would make his MLB debut against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Halladay’s second career start is where the league really started to take notice. On September 27th, 1998, the Toronto Blue Jays were facing the Detroit Tigers. It was the final day of the season, and Halladay pitched phenomenally. Halladay had a not-hit bid going into the 9th inning where the bid ended with two outs.
Halladay was demoted to the minor leagues in the 2000 season after some struggles in the season. 2002 is where Halladay really came into his own as an elite starting pitcher with his first-ever All-Star appearance. The following season in 2003, Roy Halladay won his first-ever Cy Young award. Halladay’s career stats with Toronto was an ERA of 3.43, a pitching record of 148-76, 1,495 strikeouts, and pitched a total of 2046.2 innings.
In December of 2009, Halladay was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Philadelphia Phillies. In the trade, the Blue Jays acquired, Travis d’Arnaud, Kyle Drabek, and Michael Taylor from Philadelphia for Halladay. Halladay instantly became a fan favorite once he landed in the City of Brotherly Love. Halladay was known for legendary performances in Philadelphia, those starts were the perfect game against the Florida Marlins, and game 1 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds where he threw a no-hitter in his first playoff start.
During his tenure in Philadelphia, Halladay posted a, 55-29 record, an ERA of 3.25, 622 strikeouts, and pitched a total of, 702.2 innings. Roy Halladay officially retired after the 2013 season. In November of 2017, Roy Halladay tragically passed away in a plane crash. After his death, Halladay was honored with an induction into Cooperstown, where he will forever be enshrined as one of the greatest pitchers of our generation and a fan favorite for baseball fans everywhere.
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