Roy Halladay earning Hall of Fame honors extra meaningful for Philadelphia Phillies

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 17: Starter Roy Halladay
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 17: Starter Roy Halladay /

Former Philadelphia Phillies star pitcher Roy Halladay was officially elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Leading up to Tuesday’s announcement regarding this year’s 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class, former Philadelphia Phillies star pitcher Roy Halladay appeared to be a lock for a spot in Cooperstown.

Now that it’s become official, Phillies fans have plenty of reasons to celebrate this amazing accomplishment by Halladay, who will be inducted on July 21 along with Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, and Edgar Martinez.

After spending the first 12 years of his professional career as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia decided to acquire Halladay prior to the 2010 season to help boost what was already considered a dominant rotation led by Cole Hamels.

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At the time, the Phillies were coming off back-to-back World Series appearances (won in 2008) with the intention of keeping that trend going now that Halladay was on board. And while Philadelphia managed to put together a few playoff appearances, they unfortunately never were able to help Halladay earn that World Series ring.

As Phillies fans remember, the 2010 season turned out to be quite memorable for Halladay, despite the team coming up short to earn another trip to the World Series.

While it was amazing to watch Halladay put together a perfect game in May during a road meeting with the Florida Marlins, it was even more impressive to watch the star pitcher throw a no-hitter months later during the playoffs in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds.

Even if his time in Philadelphia wasn’t close to the 12 years spent in Toronto, Halladay was always quite popular with Phillies fans, and will always be viewed as one of the all-time greats.

Unfortunately, Halladay was taken from the world too soon in November 2017 when his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico at the age of 40 just off the coast of Florida, and he will forever be missed by baseball fans.

Without question, Halladay’s election into the Hall of Fame seemed like one of the easiest decisions ever made in baseball when looking at the impact he made both on and off the field.

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A special congratulation goes out to Halladay and his family, as this induction in the Hall of Fame will be another amazing way to honor such an incredible player.