Roy Halladay has brought the Cy Young Award to the Philadelphia Phillies for the first time since 1987 when Steve Bedrosian captured the title. The Cy Young Award marks the second for Halladay in his career.
Halladay made terrific strides during the year as he threwÂ a perfect game and a no-hitter in the same season. His no-hitter was thrown in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds so it did not count toward the voting of his award as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) bases the winner on their accomplishments during the regular season. However, he was only the second pitcher in baseball history to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs.
Instead, the BBWAA relied on his league-leading 21 wins, nine complete games, four shutouts and 250 2/3 innings pitched. He was a clear favorite for the award after helping the Phillies rally in the second half of the season to drive them back to the playoffs.
Halladay is also only the fifth pitcher ever to win the Cy Young for both the American and National League as he won with the Blue Jays in 2003. After seven years, Halladay shows no signs of slowing down in his career and Phillies fans are excited to keep him on the roster for more playoff runs.
Besides the Cy Young victory,Â Halladay also recently scored the cover of the MLB 2K11 video game, cementing himself as one of the greatest pitchers of our time.
Halladay isn’t the first to win an off-season award for the Phillies, as Shane Victorino received a Gold Glove for his stellar work in center field.