Notes from the North
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Roy Halladay sucks. I mean, the guy considers himself a professional baseball player and yet his stats are awful. I mean putrid.

In thirteen plus years in the majors, Halladay is batting a paltry .126. How does this guy have such longevity with stats like that?

Oh right. He's a pitcher. That's got to be it.

I got the chance to see Doc Halladay pitch any number of times when he was the ace of the Blue Jays staff between 1998 and 2009. The guy was just unbelievable on the mound. So powerful, so consistent, so unflappable.

He dominated for a team that was anything but dominant and, if he had enjoyed any kind of consistent run support, he'd have an even better career won-loss record than his stellar 191-92 mark.

Even though I was very sad to see him leave the Jays in 2010, I understood his desire to chase a World Series ring and the kind of recognition he wasn't going to get playing up here north of the border.

And he's been even better for the Phillies than he was for the Jays. His ERA for this first two seasons in Philadelphia has been 2.44 and 2.35 respectively, three-quarters of a run better than his career average. He was 40-16 in his first two seasons and is now 3-0 to start off the 2012 campaign witha ridiculous 1.17 era.

Unbelievable.

Is this guy ever going to slow down? Is he ever going to deteriorate into merely a good pitcher, rather than the dominant starter he has been for the past decade?

I know there are lots of guys currently playing in the Majors who are considered sure-bet Hall-of-Famers but I can't think of one who is more sure (and more deserving) than Roy Halladay. If you get the chance, go see this man pitch in person.

Watch him stare down, then mow down, all the other so-called sure-bet HOFers. It will be an experience you'll never forget.

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