Another Roy Halladay Cy Young Calibre Season

I hate to say it … but for the fourth year in a row, Roy Halladay crafted another Cy Young calibre season and had nothing to show for it.

The Baseball Writers Association of America did the right thing by giving the Cy Young to Zack Greinke. Though not your typical runaway candidate, Greinke did everything right on a team that played so horribly wrong throughout the season. Greinke didn’t have an impressive win/loss record, however he certainly made up for it all other categories.

The voting went down pretty much as expected, but I would have liked to see Doc finish a little higher than fifth place. Ultimately I guess it doesn’t really matter because you either win the Cy Young award or you don’t – there isn’t any purple fifth place finish ribbon like there was at the track & field meet in public school.


Out of all the votes, the one that stands out like a sore thumb was the ballot which included Justin Verlander as a first place vote. This is just another example of a voter not digging deeper into the statistics and only scratching the surface and looking and win/loss and strikeouts. For shame!

Even though the Roy Halladay trophy case won’t have any new additions this year, I commend him on another fantastic season and in my heart he will always be a Cy Young award winner.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

4 thoughts on “Another Roy Halladay Cy Young Calibre Season

  • November 18, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I also commented on this briefly as well. Halladay should not be ranked lower than Sabathia on any level this year and even Verlander should be ranked lower than Halladay despite a higher WAR.

  • November 18, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Whoever voted for Sabathia or Hernandez should be hit with a brick. Repeatedly. (Uh, that's just my opinion, though.) Because any sensible way I look at it, Greinke's #1 and Halladay and Verlander are neck-and-neck for #2, with my personal bias towards people who are totally fucking incredible influencing me to give that #2 spot to Halladay.

    Frankly, I'm still bitter that he didn't win last year.

  • November 18, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Gentlemen, I feel your pain. Doc had far from the 5th best season from a pitcher in the American League. The Sabathia thing baffles me because the Yankees averaged 7 runs in support per start, so take away the win/loss record and C.C. should be way down the list. It just goes to show you the kind of preconceived notions that some of the voters have.

    Tasha, I'm actually not too upset about Felix finishing in second place. It's the 3rd through 5th place that they screwed up – it should have been Greinke, Hernandez, Halladay, Verlander/Sabathia.

    I'm also bitter that Doc didn't win last year. As tough as Halladay is, it must be brutal so come so close each and every year and still have only one Cy Young to show for it. That might be a motivation for him to move to the NL possibly?

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