Roy Halladay Elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

Jonathan Chan
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Image Credit: Keith Allison/Flickr

UPDATE: The Halladay family has decided that Roy will go into the Hall of Fame with a blank cap

Roy Halladay was officially elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.

The late Toronto Blue Jays legend will be inducted alongside Mariano Rivera, who was the first player to be voted in unanimously, Mike Mussina, and Edgar Martinez. In his first time on the ballot, Halladay received 85.4 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America.

‘Doc’ – who died tragically in November of 2017 when his single-passenger plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico – will also be the first player since 1954 to be inducted posthumously by the BBWAA standard process.

Halladay played 16 seasons (1998-2013), splitting his time between the Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, appearing in eight all-star games. He won two Cy Young awards and finished top five in voting on five other occasions. In 2010, the right-hander threw the 20th perfect game in MLB history and threw the second-ever postseason no-hitter in the National League Division Series against the Reds.

Halladay’s teammates paint a picture of a cerebral player with a tireless work ethic. “[His training] was second to none. I thought I got to the field early, but that was nothing compared to him. He made sure we were always trying to do something,” Halladay’s former Phillies teammate Cole Hamels said in an interview with MLB Network following Doc`s election. “Hitters knew they were going to face him four times, they knew he was going to finish the game.”

That work ethic and consistency resulted in Halladay winning 20-games three times and striking out 200 or more batters five times. Doc led the league in complete games seven times, and shutouts and innings pitched four times.

Halladay will likely be the second player inducted to the Hall of Fame as a Blue Jay following Roberto Alomar, who was inducted in 2011. His induction will be special for Toronto fans, as he will be the first player drafted and developed by the Blue Jays to enter wearing their cap.

'Today is a bittersweet day for our community and organization, as we remember a beloved pitcher, teammate, and family man, but we can take comfort in the boundless impact Roy had on Canadian fans nationwide and the game of baseball,” Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said in a release.

There has been some debate about which cap Halladay will wear in the Hall. He threw his perfect game and no-hitter in a Phillies uniform. However, most of his career was spent with the Jays, where he pitched over 2000 innings and won his first Cy Young. When he retired in 2013 due to shoulder and back injuries, he signed a ceremonial one-day contract to end his career in Toronto.

In a 2016 interview with Mark Zwolinski, Halladay made it clear that he wanted to go into the Hall with a Blue Jays Cap. “I’d go as a Blue Jay,” said Halladay, “I wanted to retire here, too, just because I felt like this is the bulk of my career."