Roy Halladay has won the 2010 National League Cy Young Award. In the 2010 MLB season, Halladay pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, going 21-10 during the year. On Tuesday night, he found out that he had won the NL Cy Young Award through a unanimous vote, basically showing how dominant he was during the year. There might be some debate in the American League about who deserves the Cy Young over there, but the voters spoke pretty loudly in their support for Mr. Halladay.
According to ESPN, Halladay received all 32 first-place votes in the balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He becomes the first pitcher since 2007 to win the award with a unanimous vote from either league, with Jake Peavy the last pitcher to accomplish that feat. It also became the second time Halladay has won the Cy Young Award, making him the 16th pitcher in the history of baseball to win it at least twice.
Behind Halladay in the voting were Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals in second place and Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies in third place. Early in the 2010 season, it seemed like Jimenez was going to run away with the Award, but a rough second half that didn’t result in very many wins hurt his campaign. That opened the door for Halladay, who had such a consistent season that he was rewarded by the voters unanimously.
Halladay went 21-10 in 2010, throwing 250.2 innings in 33 starts, nine of which turned into complete games. He also had four shut-outs, 219 strike-outs, and an impressive ERA of 2.44 for the season. It didn’t end there for Halladay in 2010, though, as he also threw a perfect game in regular season, and then threw a no-hitter in his first ever postseason start. The Phillies came up short in the National League Playoffs, but it didn’t take away anything from the amazing season Halladay had.
This was the first year that Roy Halladay pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies after coming over in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays during this past winter. The 21 wins he posted was one off of his career high in 2003, when he went 22-7 for Toronto. His 2.44 ERA was also the best that he has ever posted in a full season of play, and it was better than the Phillies could have possibly expected. Now the secret is out, and the Phillies will present one of the best pitching staffs in baseball when the 2011 season gets started in April.