Roy Halladay was a major trade acquisition in for the Phillies in 2010, and a top-five trade in Philadelphia sports history.
After failing to defend their title with a 2009 World Series loss, the Phillies bolstered their rotation with the signing of the former Cy Young winner. Doc lived up to the hype. In his first year in the red pinstripes, pitching a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter.
He claimed the second Cy Young of his career and finished runner up the following season. Over his first two years he won 40 games while posting a 2.40 ERA while tossing 17 complete games, five of which were shutouts.
Being an All Star in each of his first two Philly years he and a super rotation including Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt led the Phillies to two straight division titles. Halladay always delivered in Doctober.
In his first career postseason start Halladay tossed a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds and over five postseason starts posted a 2.37 ERA.
However the last two years of Halladay weren’t the same as the first. In only 38 starts an often injured Halladay watched his ERA climb to 5.15 with a WHIP just below 1.30, compared to the 1.04 in the two years prior.
Halladay faded out at the same time the Phillies dynasty did. While Halladay will likely being remembered for his 12 years as a Toronto Blue Jay, his four years in Philadelphia were nothing short of remarkable.
The future Hall of Famer died tragically in a plane crash in November of 2017, and had his number retired by Toronto to the following season.