Roy Halladay: The Workhorse Who Made You Believe

Baseball, The Fam — By on December 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays Friday evening at the Rogers Centre

Yesterday, Roy Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and officially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. We here at TSFJ only felt it appropriate to honor one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. So here are a few words shared by Toronto Blue Jays fan Alex Wong (aka Steven Lebron), Philadelphia Phillies fan Joe Boland (aka Reverend Paul Revere) and our resident baseball expert Matt Whitener (aka Cheap Seat Fan).

Toronto’s Favorite Son

I love Roy Halladay.

Being so immersed with the online sports crowd, it’s not often, if at all, that such a simple statement can be made about any athlete. We analyze everyone, pick apart their flaws, then overanalyze some more, form an opinion, then do it all over again.

With Doc, it never needed to be that complicated. There was the last day of the season against Detroit when he was one out away from the no-hitter, then a huge blip that saw him sent down to A ball after his ERA hovered over 10.00.

But when he came back, he became the pitcher we all thought he would become, and more.

All the years he spent in Toronto, he never got a chance to play in the postseason. The Jays were never terrible for long stretches, just stuck in an awfully difficult division where 85-90 wins meant you were still irrelevant and playing meaningless games in September.

During the Halladay era, I always thought if we could just get in the postseason and line up Doc for two to three starts each series, we could win all those games 1-0, scrap out a couple other wins and win it all. He was that good.

When he came back to Toronto as a Phillie the year after he was traded, I bought a single ticket to the game, sat in the nose bleeds, and just soaked in the standing ovations and another vintage Halladay performance.

One of my favorite athletes to ever come through Toronto, Halladay was a great pitcher and an even better person.

He’ll be missed. I’ve been missing him since he left Toronto. I still do. — Alex aka @steven_lebron

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  • Callis says:

    Is Roy Halladay the greatest pitcher of his generation? I had a argument that Johan Santana still has a slight edge over Roy, but I can hear the case for Roy over anyone else. Thoughts?

    • I’d say he’s certainly up there, and I’d definitely give him the edge over Johan for the longevity. Santana, through no fault of his own, suffered some devastating injuries that cut his prime short. Roy really never got injured until these last two years.

      Johan was definitely great, but I think the majority would say Roy had a greater career based on the durability factor. Santana was nasty though.

    • ERA’s can be tough to define. Does it go by decade, contemporaries, age, something more? For me, I would say that Halladay’s era would be from 2001-2011 basically a full decade.

      Randy Johnson was the best at the beginning and probably Justin Verlander at the end, but in-between I can’t say that anyone was outright better than Doc. Santana had a nice run, so did Lincecum and Carpenter. Wainwright, Felix and Kershaw have been very good at the end, but no other pitcher except for Doc was great while ALL of them were at their best. So for that reason, I give the crown to him.

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