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If I was an upstanding member of the BBWAA and allowed to submit a hall of fame ballot…

December 26, 2018

Pretty sure I got the original “ballot” photo from MLB’s Twitter account. The e-highlighter…..that’s all me.

Look, I don’t have time to pour over pages of data. I also have no interest in explaining myself. The names I selected are based on memories, feelings, emotions, bias and a little bit of Baseball-Reference.com. There’s also this picture I took inside the Baseball Hall of Fame when my friend and I visited Cooperstown in 2012. It justifies certain players being elected.

Anyway, this will likely be my last post for 2018. If you have a chance, check out this collection of microstories I wrote for Ari Shapiro’s website. I hope you had a great holiday season and wish you the very best in 2019! Thanks for putting up with me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

ER

Roy Halladay: The Professional’s Professional

November 13, 2017

A wife lost her husband, two boys lost their father and we all lost an incredible role model and pitcher.

Obviously, this is a difficult article to write. Like you, I am still numb and devastated. Forget for a moment that he was a major league pitcher. We are grieving for a man who was only 40 years old; taken away so suddenly and horrifically. Painfully, we are reminded that life is not fair.

Roy Halladay was a Toronto Blue Jay. During a period of futility, he was one of the few bright spots. The Jays struggled in the standings, attendance fell and they had become an afterthought to some. It was a tough time, but at least we had Roy Halladay.

A lot of wonderful articles have been written about Doc’s impact. For me, I am reminded of anย interview former U.S. President George W. Bush gave to Politico.com in 2008.

Bush – the one-time owner of the Texas Rangers – was asked about putting together a team if he were to hypothetically return to the sport and every player was available. The President’s number one choice for a pitcher: Roy Halladay.

The most powerful person on the planet (at the time) and the leader of the free world wanted our guy to be his ace hurler. That said something.

Halladay was a professional’s professional, with an inspiring rise to greatness. He started his big league career with a bang, fell apart and was sent down to A-ball. But he overcame the glaring setback with a hard work ethic and a flawless mentality.

As someone who chronically overthinks, I am envious of that “next pitch” mindset. The ability to block out the past, ignore any worry about the future and just focus on the moment at hand is hard to achieve. Roy Halladay achieved it and that’s why he was one of the best and will one day (hopefully) have a plaque in Cooperstown.

We must take as much time as we need to grieve. One day, the sadness we are all feeling right now will be replaced with happy memories. Until then, I join those on social media and call on the Blue Jays to retire Doc’s uniform number and add his name to the Level of Excellence.

More importantly, let’s remember that he was a son, a husband, a father, a teammate and a fan favourite. From all accounts, he was also an incredible human being. It was an honour to watch him apply his craft every five days.

May his memory be a blessing.

ER

Short, scribbled thoughts on 20 wins

September 25, 2016

Jack Morris, Pat Hentgen, Roger Clemens, David Wells, Roy Halladay, J.A. Happ.

Six starters who reached the 20-win mark while wearing a Blue Jays uniform. Six starters over 40 seasons. Some won 20+ games more than once; three capturing Cy Young awards for their efforts. 

Oddly enough, I have no recollection of David Wells winning 20 games in 2000. I remember him having a great first half. I remember him starting for the American League at the All-Star game. Yet I don’t remember him actually winning 20 games. I vividly remember the other five reaching that mark, but not Boomer for some reason. 

And sure, pitching wins aren’t in vogue as they use to be. Still, 20 wins are an accomplishment not to be ignored. It says something about how effective the starter and his teammates are; maybe not as thorough as other traditional stats and sabermetrics, but it still gets the message across. 

So congrats to Mr. Happ! Not bad for a guy fans weren’t too thrilled about just a few months ago ๐Ÿ˜‰

[Full disclosure: I liked the signing, but wasn’t crazy about the contract and its monetary value.]

ER

Doc Calls It Quits

June 12, 2014

The Spanish Sportscaster
informs me Doc has hung up his
cleats, glove and uniform.

My mind reflects on all those
1-run,
2-run,
3-run losses.

A little more run support
and things would have been different.

A couple more Cy Young awards
and Cooperstown would be an easier ticket.

Eric aka @TheHek

Retro Blue Jays – Doc Battles the Dodgers

April 5, 2014

Posted by YouTube user “Marcelo Guerra”

Fitting after Roy Halladay threw out the first pitch yesterday.

Blue Jays traveled to Los Angeles for a 2002 interleague match against the Dodgers. Despite a poor bunt attempt by Doc, he leads his team to a 2-1 victory. ย As you’ll see, Doc had a great outing – Complete game, seven strikeouts, two walks. It was his eighth victory of season. Doc would go on to win 19 games that season.

Featured Blue Jays: Roy Halladay, Raul Mondesi, Ken Huckaby, Carlos Delgado, Jose Cruz Jr. and First Base Coach John Gibbons


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