Halladay broke into the majors with the Blue Jays on September 20th, 1998. In his second start, on September 27th, he would one hit the Detroit Tigers in a 2-1 victory. The one run came off a solo homerun with two out in the ninth, which spoiled a no hitter.
Halladay would win two Cy Youngs during his career. The first came with the Blue Jays in 2003, and the second one came in 2010 with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was only the fifth pitcher to ever win a Cy Young Award in both leagues.
He spent the 11 seasons of his career with the Blue Jays (1998-2009) before spending four seasons with the Phillies. Halladay threw a perfect game in 2010 for the Phillies, and in his first ever postseason game later that season would throw a no hitter. This was the seventh time in Major League Baseball (MLB) history that a pitcher threw a perfect game and a no hitter in the same season, and the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan in 1973 to throw two no hitters in the same season. It was only the second time that a pitcher threw a no hitter in the postseason.
Halladay is one of only 23 men to have ever thrown a perfect game, and the 20th player to do so.
Halladay is an eight time All Star, representing the Blue Jays 6 times (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009), and the Phillies twice (2010, 2011). He was the National League (NL) starting pitcher in 2011.
Halladay’s career numbers breakdown as follows:
- 203 wins to 105 losses
- 3.38 ERA
- 2,117 strikeouts
- 67 complete games
- 20 shutouts
- 1.18 WHIP
Although he never pitched in the World Series, Halladay deserves – at least in my opinion – to be in the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in 2018.
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