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It’s unanimous: Roy Halladay wins the NL Cy Young Award

Nov 16, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

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What, you were expecting Oliver Perez?

This was a no-brainer, and there was very little dissent in the ranks:  Roy Halladay received all 32 of the first place votes, easily beating out Adam Wainwright, Ubaldo Jimenez, Tim Hudson and Josh Johnson, who finished in second through fifth place.

When the Phillies traded for him last winter the expectation was that Halladay would thrive upon moving to the weaker National League, and those expectations were met:  He thew a perfect game on May 29th, and led the league in wins (21), complete games (9), shutouts (4), innings (250.2) while issuing the fewest walks per nine innings (1.1) and leading the NL in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.30).  He was among the leaders in ERA (2.44, third) and strikeouts (219, second) as well. And of course, the threw a no-hitter in Game One of the NLDS, though that wasn’t reflected in the voting here due to the regular season vote-submission deadline. If that had been included there would have been loose talk of renaming the award after him.

In a career filled with fantastic performances, Halladay’s 2010 was his finest season as a professional.  And there’s no reason to suspect that he won’t continue his humiliation of National League hitters when 2011 begins. Congratulations, Doc.

  1. dasher521 - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Congratulations, Roy Halladay! I’m sure he would trade this hardware for a WS ring. It’s a very nice, and well earned consolation prize. 89 days till catchers and pitchers report / 136 until Roy throws the home opener vs. Brett Myers!

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    What no controversey? No votes to shred on weak premise? Damn. Well, he won it hands down. Great job Roy.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:23 PM

      Take THAT Jeter!!!

  3. Old Gator - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    My problem is that he won too many games. I think a Cy Young winner should have a record much closer to .500, don’t you?

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:31 PM

      Well, Doc’s no King Felix, but ya can’t have everything, can you?

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:33 PM

      Doc knows how to win. Something Felix just doesn’t get quite yet.. Or something like that…

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:35 PM

        Well done

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 16, 2010 at 5:37 PM

      Which Marlins pitcher were you thinking of old timer?

      • Old Gator - Nov 17, 2010 at 5:43 PM

        Kevin Gregg.

  4. twinsfn343 - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    I’m suprised Oswalt didn’t finish above Johnson but that really just splitting hairs

    • fivetoolmike - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:54 PM

      Really? I’m surprised Johnson didn’t finish in front of Hudson or Jimenez.

      • twinsfn343 - Nov 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM

        He was great but essentaily missed the last month of the season so i think the 5-7 range is fair. There was a pretty decent field this year…

  5. BC - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Too bad. I was rooting for John Maine to get it.

    • sdelmonte - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:34 PM

      Think RA Dickey got any votes?

      • BC - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:48 PM

        Sadly, he did not.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 16, 2010 at 3:05 PM

        He gets a vote from me. “best post picture on HBT” By far the best.

  6. Utley's Hair - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Congratulations, Doc!!! Now you have a perfect game, a postseason no-no, Cy Youngs in each league—what will you do next? Maybe a World Series title and MVP? (‘Cause, ya know, Hamels has one.) But way to go Roy. Phightins Phans thank and salute you.

    • frankvzappa - Nov 16, 2010 at 2:51 PM

      seeing Roy get himself a ring would definitely be the only silver lining to the Phils winning another series…but i think we all know that the Red Sox are going to win it next year when healthy again…

  7. umrguy42 - Nov 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    I’m a Cards homer but Doc deserved it this year – the perfect game + getting to the postseason (since you can’t count the LDS no-no for Cy Young voting) definitely gave him the easy nod over Wainwright. (Although the fact that Waino didn’t get it last year still hacks me off…)

  8. wonkypenguin - Nov 16, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    From all accounts, Doc is one of those guys you can absolutely just cheer for from any team. His duals with Lincecum were must-see in the NLCS. Congrats to him for sure.

  9. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Nov 16, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    I have no problem with Halladay winning as I think he was the best pitcher in the league. However, he did finish 4th in DIPS and 6th in DIP%. I guess that either Keith Law didn’t get a vote this year or his vote last year was that of an incredibly dishonest wad.

  10. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 16, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Who the hell is Halladay?

  11. crazyyankee - Nov 16, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    funny story. i met his dad with some of my coworkers in savannah last summer at the hotel cafe/bar we were eating dinner at. he took our addresses and about a month later, just before he was traded, we all received signed year 2000 baseball cards. his dad was a nice man and you could tell he taught roy well. congrats to him and continued success in the NL

  12. tboyce2000 - Nov 16, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Well, since he had such an outstanding year, he must be using steroids!! Right?

    -a Bonds and Clemens fan.

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