Roy Halladay was the unanimous selection for this year’s National League Cy Young Award, receiveing all 32 first-place votes. It was an easy selection for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America who voted Adam Wainwright second and Ubaldo Jimenez third.
Halladay led the league in wins, innings pitched, shutouts, and complete games. On May 29th he pitched baseball’s 20th perfect game against the Marlins in Florida. He retired all 27 men he faced, 11 via the strikeout.
At season’s end, Halladay’s numbers were impressive – a 21-10 record and a 2.44 earned run averaged. Posting such numbers in the regular season is nothing new for the Phillies’ right hander, the active leader in winning percentage and shutouts.
Six times he won 16 games or more during his dozen years with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2003, he put up a career-high 22 wins en route to his first Cy Young Award. The seven-year gap between Cy Young Awards matches Tom Glavine for longest in history.
In his 12 years with Toronto, Halladay never pitched beyond the regular season. His first year with Philadelphia gave him the opportunity. Taking full advantage of it, Halladay pitched the second post-season no-hitter in baseball history, making him only the fifth pitcher in history to throw two no-hitters in the same season. Nolan Ryan was the last to do it in 1973, and then it’s back to 1952 and 1951 for Virgil Trucks, and Allie Reynolds. The first to accomplish the feat was Johnny Vander Meer who pitched no-hitters in consecutive starts in 1938 for Cincinnati.
Halladay also becomes just the fifth pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in each league, joining Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Roger Clemens. He is only the fourth Phillie to win the award following John Denny, Steve Bedrosian, and Steve Carlton, a four-time winner.
Each writer lists a selection for first, second, and third place on his ballot. After Halladay received all of the first-place votes, only two other pitchers were named on every ballot, the Cardinals’ Wainwright, and Colorado’s Jimenez.
Results of the American League Cy Young Award voting will be announced tomorrow.
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