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Hall-aday weekend

Posted by Eric Fisher On January 22

It didn’t take long for Roy Halladay to be selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame. In his first year of eligibility, Halladay received 85.4 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America.

The ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 21 will be bittersweet, however, because Halladay died on Nov. 7, 2017, when the plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

Halladay will be inducted along with reliever Mariano Rivera, starting pitcher Mike Mussina and designated hitter Edgar Martinez. Rivera became the first unanimous selection in the history of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Reliever Lee Smith and outfielder/designated hitter Harold Baines, chosen by the Today’s Game Era Committee, will also be inducted on July 21.

Halladay spent most of his career with the Blue Jays, playing in the shadow of the Yankees and Red Sox in the American League East Division. He received his first opportunity to play in the postseason when he joined the Phillies in 2010. Halladay made the most of his opportunity, hurling a no-hitter against the Reds in his first playoff appearance. Halladay and Don Larsen are the only pitchers to throw a no-hitter during the playoffs. Earlier in that season, Halladay threw a perfect game against the Marlins.

Halladay won the National League Cy Young Award in 2010, giving him a Cy Young Award in each league. (He won the AL Cy Young Award with the Blue Jays in 2003.)

Halladay, who spent four seasons with the Phillies, finished his career with a record of 203-105. He threw 67 complete games and was an eight-time All-Star. But Halladay was renowned for how he did his job almost as much as for what he accomplished. Halladay was known for being a fierce competitor. He was usually the first player at the ballpark during spring training, and his workout routine was spoken of in awestruck tones.

After compiling records of 21-10 and 19-6 in his first two seasons with the Phillies, Halladay tailed off with record of 11-8 and 4-5 in his final two seasons.

Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling received 60.9 percent of the vote, short of the required 75 percent for induction but an increase from the 51.2 percent he received last year.

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