Roy

“I’ve tried to work hard. Not trying to show anybody up or do something spectacular for attention.”

Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay pitched in the Major Leagues for the Toronto Blue Jays (1998-2009) and the Philadelphia Phillies (2010-2013). Halladay is one of six pitchers to win the Cy Young award in both Major Leagues (2003 A.L., 2010 N.L.). Roy Halladay was the Toronto Blue Jays first round selection in Major League Baseball’s 1995 Amateur Draft. Halladay reached the Major Leagues in 1998; became an eight-time All-Star and won 20 games in a season on three occasions. Roy Halladay died on November 7, 2017, when the plane he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

Roy Halladay was a terrific pitcher, a great competitor, a fine man, and I feel he earned his way into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. After more than a year in the Major Leagues, Roy Halladay struggled so much that not only did he go back to the Minor Leagues, but he had to go all the way back to Class A Ball. With the help of Mel Queen, Halladay made some major adjustments to his style of pitching. He dropped his arm angle a bit (over the top to three quarters) and that gave him some deception. His four-seam fastball was straight so he changed to a two-seam fastball, which gave his ball sink. With those changes, in a few years Halladay became a great pitcher. He threw a perfect game and then pitched a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the Post-Season in 2010.

Roy Halladay was such a fine competitor that he led his League in complete games on seven occasions. Halladay was so dedicated to his craft that he attributed a lot of his confidence to preparation. Roy Halladay was giving of his time and dedicated himself to helping underprivileged children. Halladay won over 200 games, died much too young, and always will be remembered for what he stood for both on and off the field.

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