Is Roy Halladay a Hall of Famer?

Is Roy Halladay a Hall of Famer?

Salisbury talks one-on-one with Halladay

December 13, 2013, 10:00 am
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Roy Halladay went 170-75 from 2002-11 with the Blue Jays and Phillies. (AP)

From 2002 through 2011, he was 170-75 with a 2.97 ERA, which was 48 percent better than the league average over that decade. He threw 63 complete games, more than 19 teams. He struck out 7.0 batters per nine while walking just 1.5. He made eight All-Star teams in 10 years, won the Cy Young twice and finished in the top-three in voting five times.

Is Roy Halladay a Hall of Famer?

"Hands down, he was the best pitcher of this era and a first-ballot Hall of Famer," former Phillie Roy Oswalt said in a statement released by the Phillies on Monday morning, shortly after Halladay announced his retirement.

If Halladay wasn't the most dominant pitcher of his era, he was second only to Pedro Martinez. From 2002-11, Halladay led his league in pitcher WAR four times, wins twice, complete games seven times, shutouts four times, innings four times, ERA-plus once, WHIP once, home run rate once, walk rate three times and strikeout-to-walk ratio five times.

If you score a 100 on Baseball-Reference's Hall of Fame monitor, you're a likely Hall of Famer. Halladay's at 126.

So when he's eligible for the ballot in five years, it should be a cinch, right?

Halladay has his detractors. Keith Law pointed out at earlier this week that Doc's peak wasn't exceptionally long, and his career numbers are similar to non-Hall of Famers David Cone and Kevin Brown.

Others look at his (sigh) win total. Halladay has 203 victories, fewer than 51 pitchers in the Hall. But really, who cares? Because of specialized bullpens and five-man rotations we might never again see a 300-game winner. Two-hundred might become the next 300.

With Halladay, it's not just the stats. That was a criticism of recent inductee Bert Blyleven, who had 287 wins and a 3.31 ERA but was never regarded as an elite starter.

Halladay has the numbers, has the reputation, has the accolades, was the best or second-best pitcher for a decade and has history on his side. Maybe without the perfect game and playoff no-hitter this is more of a question. But those two outings were, to borrow a phrase from Doc himself, the "icing on the cake."

"Roy was the most prepared, ferociously competitive pitcher I've ever been around and was the epitome of professionalism," his former pitching coach Rich Dubee said.

"Having played in the AL East all those years, winning two Cy Youngs, pitching a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter, he should absolutely get strong consideration for the Hall of Fame."