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Philadelphia’s original number 32

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, MLB, Trades,

Steve CarltonNow that the dust is starting to settle around the Roy Halladay move to Philadelphia, the breakdowns and analyses of the trades have begun to take precedence among sports headlines across North America. Halladay was revealed as the newest Phillie in a media conference on Wednesday afternoon where, for the first time, he donned his new red and white jersey. An unnoticed piece to anybody outside of Toronto’s fanbase was the large “34” on the back of the jersey. Doc’s number 32 had to be replaced thanks to Philadelphia’s retiring in 1989 the number in honor of one of the greatest pitchers of all-time - Steve “Lefty” Carlton.

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Cleveland’s Tears Land at World Series

Cliff LeeThe first pitch of the World Series flies Wednesday night, and it will be thrown by the New York Yankees’ own CC Sabathia. Opposite him will be the Philadelphia Phillies’ Cliff Lee. The two will be dueling in the biggest game of their careers. These are two of the best pitchers in baseball, and both are throwing in their first World Series. Perhaps the most interesting part of this matchup is that these guys are former teammates with the Cleveland,Indians and both won Cy Young Awards with the Indians, Lee in 2008 and Sabathia in 2007. Fans in Cleveland must be watching this World Series with two black eyes.

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Roy Halladay; 2009 Cy Young Winner

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Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays may not have been the best pitcher this year. His August certainly saw to that (2-4, 4.71 ERA), but he is still one of the best pitchers, and he certainly deserves to win the American League Cy Young award. Some argue that the “Roy Halladay Sweepstakes” at the trade deadline threw him off his game enough to inflate his August numbers. Fourteen of his last 18 starts came against the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, or Tampa Bay Rays. That’s some pretty stiff competition. The sad part is that when the writers vote for the Cy Young winner, few of them will probably look deeper than his 17-10 record with a 2.79 ERA.

However, if there was a Cy Young award for the decade, Halladay certainly would be the American League’s top runner. Since 2000, Halladay has 139 wins to 69 losses for a ridiculous .668 win percentage, with a 3.40 ERA. Go ahead and try to find a pitcher who has been better over the last ten years. Here’s the thing – you won’t. He also has 47 complete games in 267 starts. Roy Halladay isn’t normal.

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