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Roy Halladay Dies Tragically in Plane Crash

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Roy Halladay Dies Tragically

Roy Halladay Dies Tragically – Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, Roy ‘Doc’ Halladay died when the plane he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.  Halladay was only 40 years of age, and leaves behind a wife, Brandy Halladay, and two kids.

Doc’s Career

Halladay was one of the last old-school pitchers in the game, and will be remembered as one of the best workhorses to ever take the mound.  He spent 12 seasons in a Blue Jays uniform, and in his final four, he pitched for one of the most dominant Phillies teams in franchise history.  Halladay retired with an overall record of 203-105, with an ERA of 3.38.

The Doc also led the league in complete games in seven different seasons. One of those seven seasons was 2005, when he only made 19 starts.  He also threw more than 200 innings in six consecutive seasons, eight times overall, and pitched 230 or more in six of those seasons.

Halladay won two Cy Young Awards, and finished in the top five for the award five other times.  He was an eight time All-Star, and finished in the top ten for MVP voting twice.

While with the Phillies, Doc had a record of 55-29 with a 3.25 ERA, and made five postseason starts in two appearances.  One of those five starts was a no-hitter against the Reds, in the 2010 NLDS.  Another was one of the best postseason duels of all time, in 2011.  He and close friend and former teammate, Chris Carpenter, went head to head in Game 5 of the NLDS.  Carpenter out matched Halladay, going for a complete game shutout, but Roy was nearly as impressive allowing only one run, in the first of eight outstanding innings.

Hall of Fame Candidacy

Halladay has a very good case for the Hall of Fame, which he will be eligible for in 2019.  According to Bill James’ criteria, Halladay will likely be elected at some point.  His HOFm (Hall of Fame Monitor), which determines a players likelihood to be elected, is 127.  A HOFm of over 100 means the candidate is likely to be elected.  Another Bill James stat for determining the case for the Hall of Fame, is HOFs. HOFs (Hall of Fame Career Standards) measures how a player matches up with the standards of other Hall of Famers.  Halladay’s HOFs is 45, which is just 5 points shy of an average Hall of Famer. He also had a career WAR of 64.7.