Sep 11, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay (34) during the singing of the national anthem prior to the game against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Padres 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

‘How Nice Would it be to Have Halladay Good Again,’ Muses Ruben Amaro


“Probably pretty nice,” GM concludes.

“Ruben Amaro Jr. said pretty clearly Monday afternoon he would like to have Roy Halladay back in 2014.”

Todd Zolecki, Phillies.com

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro waxed on the niceness of having Roy Halladay – but good this time – back in his rotation in 2014.Some would look at the Phillies pitching and think, ‘Huh, yeah, it’s fine.’ But he, being the GM, knows it would be much better if it had Roy Halladay in it, as long as Roy were back to his old, not-hitting self.

Halladay, who left his last appearance of the season with ‘arm tightness’ after a year of subpar performances caused by elbow issues and recovering from surgery, has not been the pitcher he was when he arrived in Philadelphia in 2010.

“With all my baseball training, I’ve deduced that this team could really benefit from having a lights-out, shutdown, suffocating ace starter to lead the rotation, with a devastating cutter and a relentless work ethic. That’s the kind of guy who I think would really jive with this club.”

“Like, tomorrow. Man. How nice would it be to that a guy like that make the start, instead of relying on volunteers. And also to be playing for a playoff spot, or already have one.”

“Also good for this club would be like a big, strong power-hitter who hits big hits when runners are on base.  Here, I drew some pictures.”

Amaro then produced some crudely-drawn crayon drawings, illustrating a Ryan Howard-esque slugger hitting a baseball to the sun while a tall, Roy Halladay-looking pitcher threw a baseball that exploded upon landing in the catcher’s mitt.

“I just like to draw,” he admitted bashfully. He then requested Eggo Waffles for dinner.

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