Now that longtime Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay has retired, the question is, do you consider “Doc” a Hall of Famer?
The 36-year-old signed a one day contract with Toronto yesterday so he could retire as a Blue Jay.
The right hander spent 16 seasons in the major leagues, the first dozen in Toronto, where he went 148-and-76 with a 3.43 ERA and won the 2003 Cy Young Award.
The rebuilding Jays traded “Doc” to the Phillies after the 2009 season, and Halladay compiled a record of 55 wins, 29 losses and 3.25 ERA, while claiming his second Cy Young in 2010.
Back and shoulder issues ended the 8 time All Star’s career a little earlier than he had hoped, but his body of work is impressive.
In order to determine a player’s Hall of Fame worthiness, I look at whether that player was dominant for most of his career.
And while Halladay won only 203 career games, 106th all-time and below many non-Cooperstown residents, his win-loss percentage is .659, better than many Hall of Famers, including Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Bob Feller and even Cy Young himself.
Among the pitchers of his generation, Halladay was the ultimate workhorse, collecting 67 career complete games, 30 more than the next closest pitcher C.C. Sabathia.
“Doc” also had 20 career shutouts, five more than former Toronto teammate Chris Carpenter.
The numbers point to a splendid career, one which I think is Hall of Fame worthy, especially in the era of performance enhancing drugs.
But the numbers won’t be good enough for at least 75% of Baseball Writers come voting time five years from now.
Because “Doc” will be up against Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Todd Helton on the ballot.