Monday, March 28, 2011

2010 Chachi #72 Roy Halladay HL

This post has been in my draft folder since November, back when my PC starting flaking out on me.  I didn't actually create the card until this past weekend.  The best part is the final sentence.  Little did I know at the time that the Phillies would be signing free agent Cliff Lee in a little less than a month, and I'd make a 2010 Chachi card to commemorate the signing.  The checklist card would have to wait until card #74.

On Tuesday, Roy Halladay was named the 2010 National League Cy Young award winner.  It was an unanimous decision by the voters.  It was Halladay's second Cy Young award, as he first won the award back in 2003 with the Toronto Blue Jays.  He became the fifth pitcher in history - along with Gaylord Perry, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez - to win the award in both leagues.

In 33 starts, Halladay compiled a record of 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA.  He led the National League in wins, complete games (9), shutouts (4) and innings pitched (250.2) and he threw the game's 20th perfect game on May 29th.  He was second in the league in strikeouts (219).  His teammate Roy Oswalt finished sixth in the voting while, surprisingly, Cole Hamels did not receive any votes.  Former Phillie Brett Myers received one fourth place vote.

Halladay became the fourth Phillies to win the Cy Young, joining Steve Carlton (1972, 1977, 1980 and 1982), John Denny (1983) and Steve Bedrosian (1987).  He receives card #72 in this year's Chachi set, meaning that the 2010 set is just about wrapped up.  Barring some huge Phillies event between now and New Year's Eve, the final card in this year's set will be #73 - the all-important checklist card.

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