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Halladay Notches Players Choice Award…and Cy Young?
Posted By Christopher Rowe On Oct 30 2010 @ 4:22 am In Philadelphia Phillies | No Comments
Roy Halladay was a critically acclaimed addition for the Phillies last winter, and now he’s won the support of his peers and competitors. Halladay was named the National League winner of the Players Choice Award for Oustanding Pitcher on Thursday in recognition for a tremendous regular season in which he threw a perfect game and led the league in wins. Halladay is VERY likely to be the National League Cy Young Award winner for 2010. SOURCE: ESPN Cy Young Predictor http://espn.go.com/mlb/features/cyyoung 
Halladay had been drafted and developed over 10 years by the Toronto Blue Jays, was part of one of baseball’s biggest stories last offseason. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro had been unsuccessful in dealing for Halladay before the 2009 Trading Deadline claiming that Toronto’s asking price was too high. Later, Halladay and Toronto had more time to consider the ramifications of the deal. So in December 2009, Amaro got his proverbial “white whale” as Roy Halladay was acquired by Philadelphia in exchange for a three-player haul, headlined by pitching prospect Kyle Drabek – also including Travis D’Anard and Michael Taylor. Halladay – a consummate professional – signed an extension to stay with the Phillies, then immediately set about the task of how he might dominate the National League.
“Doc” Halladay led all Major League pitchers in 2010 for victories (21), shutouts (four), complete games (nine) and innings pitched (250 2/3). Halladay, a seven-time All-Star, finished second in the NL with 219 strikeouts and third with a 2.44 ERA, notably the second-best ERA of his distinguished career.
Halladay’s first season in the NL was made all the more special by two historic events. The former Cy Young Award winner threw the 20th perfect game in baseball history on May 29, casually dominating the Florida Marlins. And though voting was completed before the end of the regular season, he outdid that event in his first postseason start, when he no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for the second-ever postseason no-no and the first since Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series.
Halladay was also won The Major League Baseball Players Association honors in 2003 when he was voted the Players Choice Award for Outstanding AL Pitcher. He won the AL Cy Young Award that year, perhaps setting a precedent for this season. He won the 2003 AL Cy Young with a 22-7 record and a 3.25 ERA in 266.0 innings.
Halladay is the frontrunnerfor for the NL award in a race that will also feature St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright, Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez and Atlanta’s Tim Hudson. This would snap a streak of two Cy Young Awards in a row by San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum. Halladay would be winning the award in his first year in Philadelphia.
Steve Carlton is the only other Phillies pitcher to also do this in 1972. Steve Bedrosian was the last Phillies pitcher to receive the National League Cy Young Award. He had a 5-3 record with 40 saves and a 2.83 ERA in the 1987 season. However, the last Phillies starter to win the award was in 1983. John Denny won the award that year with a 19-6 record and 2.37 ERA.
The Phillies have 6 career Cy Young winners in the history of the team. Carlton has 4 Cy Young Awards during his 15-year career with the Phillies. He won the award in 1972, 1977, 1980, and 1982. Halladay would make it seven.
Carlton was the first pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards. Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, and Randy Johnson were later able accomplish this feat, as well.
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