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Roy Halladay endorses Cole Hamels as Opening Day starter

Feb 21, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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I get the sense that there is some sort of controversy about Roy Halladay not being the Opening Day starter for the Phillies. Not that anyone is arguing he should, really, but that there is some sort of kabuki theater dance going on in which the Phillies are trying to finesse the idea that he’s not as though people will argue it later. Saying things like “you gotta split up the lefties in the rotation” when that’s actually a pretty silly justification.

Whatever is going on there — be it actual concern or concern about potential concern — Roy Halladay himself has no concern about it at all. From Jim Salisbury, here’s Halladay talking about Cole Hamels as the Opening Day starter:

“He deserves that and I think that’s the way it should be. It’s his time. It should have been his spot a long time ago. It’s time for him to establish himself as the head of the staff.”

What, you were expecting him to be a diva or something? He’s Roy freakin’ Halladay. He’s probably the closest thing baseball has to Dr. Manhattan from “Watchmen.” The petty concerns of mortals — or in this case, sports gabbers — really don’t concern him.  He’ll be on Mars building new civilizations if you need him.

  1. craigisaloser - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    LAME non-story by the king of cut and paste

    • historiophiliac - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      That is SUCH a better troll than yesterday!

  2. dwdive - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Roy is such a class act. Hamels has earned it though. It should be an interesting year for this team. This is the last year this group will be together as a whole. The roster will look very different next year, with that said, I think they will finally play with some urgency. Phillies are still as good as anyone. With the big 3 still in the rotation, and everyone finally fully healthy going in, the sky is the limit.

    • skerney - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Halladay is a class act, Hamels has earned the Opening Day start, but they are not “still as good as anyone.” I’m not trolling you here, it just simply isn’t true. The Nationals are a far better team, and the Braves got way better this offseason. The sky was the limit from 2009-11 but not now. The limit is how far the big three can take the aging and injury prone infield. The Phillies will likely be better than 2012, but if the the injury bug bites them again this year they are going to have a battle contending for those Wild Card spots.

      • dwdive - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Stop it, the Phillies still have the best infield in the div and the addition of both Youngs and Rivere, the line-up will be a lot better than last yr. When you have the big 3 starters all healthy, plus a healthy Utley and Howard for the 1st time in 3 years, they are as good as anyone. Not to mention Ruf will surprise a lot of people with his power while playing left field. I will give you the Nationals, on paper they probably are better right now, but not the Braves. They added the Upton brothers, but lost chipper and prado. BJ hasn’t hit above .246 in 5 seasons, and Justin is a .278 lifetime hitter. Added to the fact that they average almost 350 combined strike-out a yr, with both averaging less than 20 HR’s a season. How much better did they Braves get? I love it that the Phillies are being discounted as the 3rd best team in the div right now, it will make it that much sweater when they are playing like one of the best teams in the league, because they still are.

      • skerney - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Ok, bub. Good luck with that.

      • dwdive - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Sweeter, not sweater

      • dwdive - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        We’ll see, that’s why they play the games. I guess a team that won 102 games 2 yrs ago and had 3 pitchers finish in the top 5 of Cy Young voting, is now a garbage team… funny stuff, nobody in the div is WAY better.

      • xmatt0926x - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        I think dwdive is actually trolling you guys…

  3. hisgirlgotburrelled - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Surprised I haven’t heard yet that this is a sign he’ll be traded mid-season or won’t be resigned at the end of the year.

    • tuberippin - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      His option vests if he throws over 225 innings this year and isn’t on the DL at the end of the season; Halladay threw 250 2/3 innings in 2010 and 233 2/3 in 2011.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        He also needs 415 IP over 2012-13, so he needs 258 2/3 IP this year, which is where it becomes unlikely the option vests.

  4. phisticuffs - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    I’m not comfortable with that comparison. Dr. Manhattan was shutdown late in his rookie season due to an innings limit.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    I said it a month ago and was ripped by bicepts on twitter that I am insane and that Doc would be the starter no matter what if healthy. His nickname not withstanding, I think the cepts is a little bit biased in this debate. The fact is that the Phillies have hitched the next decade behind Cole and they aren’t going to start Lee or Doc anymore on opening day for at least the next 4 years, provided Lefty Deux is healthy. And of course Doc is not going to say anything. He will always be the definition of class.

  6. ochospantalones - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    As a Phillies fan, this has struck me as a non-issue. It’s just not very important, and it’s hard to imagine Hamels or Halladay would much care. Oddly left out of this discussion is the ace who actually is a bit touchy and might care, Cliff Lee. FWIW, my guess is Lee will end up having the best season of the three this year.

  7. girlsknowsportstoo - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Do you just make crap up?

  8. officialgame - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    It would seem that in a rotation of consisting of 3 lefty’s and 2 righty’s that spliting them up would be a valid baseball concern.

    • tuberippin - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Preposterous!

  9. oldnavyperformancefleece - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Doc is a pimp. If you think he’s washed up he’ll make you one of his ho’s this season……By the way Cole would probably be working on his 5th straight opening day start if not for some elbow tightness late in spring training ’09

  10. rgamb285 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    There is no question that Halladay is the most accomplished pitcher on the team, but Cole deserves the opening day slot because he has yet to have that honor in his career. His performance in the 08 postseason should have earned him this in 09 when Brett Myers started opening day. I see this more a reward for his level of play and the fact that he was World Series MVP for this team. It also helps that he got PAID last year, and Halladay understands all of this and is a true professional who will take this at face value. I see the Phils on top of the NL East again as long as they stay healthy, but that is a big IF.

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