PHILADELPHIA -- A strong argument can be made that Roy Halladay was the best pitcher in baseball for most of his career. His decade of dominance and 16 years in the sport could put him in the National Baseball Hall of Fame next summer.The Hall of Fame announced its 2019
PHILADELPHIA -- A strong argument can be made that Roy Halladay was the best pitcher in baseball for most of his career. His decade of dominance and 16 years in the sport could put him in the National Baseball Hall of Fame next summer.
The Hall of Fame announced its 2019 ballot on Monday. Halladay, who died in a plane crash on Nov. 7, 2017, is one of 20 candidates appearing on the ballot for the first time. If he appears on 75 percent of ballots cast, he will be enshrined next summer in Cooperstown, N.Y. More than 400 ballots will be sent to qualified members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Results will be announced on Jan. 22, 2019, on MLB Network.
Halladay had a stellar career with the Blue Jays (1998-2009) and Phillies ('10-'13). He won the American League Cy Young Award in '03 and the National League Cy Young Award in '10. He was the runner-up for the award in '08 and '11, and he finished in the top five in '06, '07 and '09.
Halladay threw a perfect game against the Marlins on May 29, 2010, and just a few months later, a no-hitter on Oct. 6 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Reds -- one of only two postseason no-nos in baseball history.
Halladay finished his career with a 203-105 record and a 3.38 ERA. He led his league in wins twice, complete games seven times and innings four times. He is one of six pitchers in baseball who began his career in 1900 or later with 200-plus victories and at least a .650 winning percentage.
Halladay pitched at his peak from 2002-11. In that time, he ranked first in baseball in wins (170), winning percentage (.694), shutouts (18) and complete games (63 -- 30 more than second-ranked Carsten Sabathia); second in innings (2,194 2/3), ERA (2.97), FIP (3.07) and strikeout-to walk ratio (4.57); third in opponents' OPS (.644) and WHIP (1.11); and fourth in strikeouts (1,699).
In that span, Halladay ranked first in FanGraphs WAR (58.7) and first in Baseball Refernece WAR (62.6).
Baseball Reference's Hall of Fame Monitor tries to assess a player's chances at enshrinement. A score of 100 means the player has a good possibility of getting a plaque in Cooperstown. A score of 130 or better means the player is a virtual lock. Halladay scored a 126.
Baseball Reference's Hall of Fame Career Standards test gives a score of 50 for an average Hall of Famer. Halladay scored a 46 there.
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.