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A Halladay What If



By Mike Silva ~ October 6th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva.

There was a New York connection to Roy Halladay‘s no hitter tonight. Yes, the obvious is how Halladay became the second pitcher to throw a postseason no hitter since Don Larsen did it for the Yankees in 1956. The other connection was the pursuit of Halladay last summer by both New York teams. Seeing how effortlessly he mowed down the best offensive team in baseball, in the Citizen’s Bank bandbox no less, made me immediately think of the position both local teams would be in with Doc in the fold.

Imagine Halladay teaming up with CC Sabathia this season? The odds of a team winning more than one game, much less a postseason series, against the Yankees would be unlikely. It would be the baseball version of the 96′ Bulls mowing down the competition throughout the playoffs. Of course, there is thought that Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos never intended to trade Halladay to the Yankees, but a package of Joba Chamberlain, Jesus Montero, and prospects seems worthwhile for both sides. If the Yankees lose to Halladay and the Phillies in the World Series was keeping the beloved Joba Chamberlain worth it?

Across town it’s unclear how serious the Mets ever were in acquiring Halladay. Jon Heyman of SI claimed Toronto was willing to deal Doc to Queens for Jonathon Niese, Ruben Tejada, Fernando Martinez, and Bobby Parnell. Certainly a package that would rob the Mets roster of depth, but not of star quality. Niese would be the only painful part of that deal, but Halladay at the forefront of a pennant winning Mets team might ease that, at least in the short term.

The big question is whether Halladay would ever sign with anyone other than the Phillies. It sounds as if he would have stayed in Toronto and tested free agency for most teams other than Philadelphia. Even if he was traded to New York there were doubts he would have signed an extension. We just don’t know how things would have turned out.

Of course, part of the fun of talking baseball is to speculate and dream. Tonight Roy Halladay‘s no hitter hit home with a giant “what if.”

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3 Responses to A Halladay What If

  1. TT

    Come on mike. Tor didn’t want to trade him to the yanks. They turned down a Montero package. Cashman went for him. Relax.

  2. schmenkman

    Citizens Bank bandbox? You can’t be serious. It’s actually been one of the most fair parks in baseball in recent years. In both 2008 and 2009, there were only 3% more runs scored in the Phillies’ home games than in their away games, which ranks it right in the middle of MLB stadiums. This year, there were 1% fewer runs in CBP than in the Phillies’ away games. The park’s dimensions are on the small side, and it allows slightly more than average home runs, but in terms of scoring overall, it plays neutral.

  3. Shamik

    Please, Halladay to the Mets? Why so he can lose 1-0 every other start? Where the hell would any of his wins come from. And mind you, there’s no way in hell he’s ever pitch a no-no while on the Mets.

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