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Roy Halladay: The Last of a Dying Breed, or...

Posted on: September 23, 2010 8:29 am
Congratulations to Roy Halladay, who pitched his Phillies to a win and his 20th credited victory of the 2010 season on Tuesday nite against the visiting and pursuing Braves.

Such marks Halladay's third career 20-win season and places him in an elite class unto himself among active major leaguers: he is the only man with a minimum of three 20-win seasons to his credit.

Indeed --as we have seen-- the extinction of what we loosely might term the "perennial 20-game winner" was all but a fait accompli in Major League Baseball, as the 2010 campaign marked the first post-World War II season since 1950 in which the season began with no man having amassed at least three 20-win seasons before the one currently in progress (and in fact, there have been only three other men active in the game this season with as many as two 20-win seasons to their credit: Jamie Moyer, Andy Pettitte and Roy Oswalt).

Anyway, check out that link --breaks it all down in some considerable detail and examines the strong existing correlation between career 20-win seasons and selection to the Hall of Fame-- and again well done to Roy Halliday.

The question before us now is whether he is the last of a dying breed or the first strain of a new one --and we'll be tracking this one until we draw our last breath...

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2011 9:14 pm

Roy Halladay: The Last of a Dying Breed, or...

CK, great blog post as usual.  I'm leaning toward this is the first strain of 20 game winners.  Granted, Halladay may be in a class of his own but I think we'll be seeing more 20 game winners.  Will they be "perennial"?  I'm not sure but pitchers hitting that 20 win game season will not be so rare.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:26 am

Roy Halladay: The Last of a Dying Breed, or...

And the second reason is because of the Mets and Yankees. The Yankees bought all the talent so it has become harder for 20-win seasons by pitchers and the Mets buy pitchers like Johan and then put a crapfest around him so bad that they can't even win him 20 games. LOL

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:23 am

Roy Halladay: The Last of a Dying Breed, or...

Who cares? All the roiders got exposed, quit before getting exposed or caught, or got so hurt they never got an opportunity to get caught. Mark Prior, Oliver Perez, Johan Santana, Josh Beckett, Dontrelle Willis, ... ALL JUICERS! This was expected.

Since: Nov 13, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 8:20 am
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