Roy Halladay has been called many things: Doctober. Doctor No. Now, add two-time Cy Young winner next to his name.
Halladay, who led the NL with 21 wins, garnered all 32 first-place votes to become the fifth pitcher to win the award in both leagues. The 33-year-old topped the majors in innings, shutouts and complete games. He’s the fourth Phillie to win it.
“It’s by far the most fun I’ve ever had playing this game,” Halladay said.
Halladay was on a golf course in Mexico when he learned of his unanimous victory. A perfectionist to the end, he is looking forward to coming back and winning a World Series.
“To be able to finish it this way is just a tremendous thrill,” Halladay said. “I’m looking forward to trying to improve upon it next year.”
St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright finished second, with Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez in third. Voting ended after the conclusion of the regular season.
One for the ages
Roy Halladay had a near-perfect season in 2010. Here are some highlights:
» Perfection, May 29
Throws 20th perfect game in MLB history against the Florida Marlins. His cap was sent to the Hall of Fame.
» No-hit parade, Oct. 6
Tosses second no-hitter in postseason history in Game 1 of NLDS. He was a walk away from a perfect game.
» The stats
Went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and 219 strikeouts. Led NL in wins and topped majors in innings pitched (250 2/3), shutouts (4) and complete games (9).
» Beast of the East
Went 14-1 in 15 starts vs. NL East. His .933 winning percentage is second-best in division history.
» Clinch it, Sept. 27
Pitched fourth and final shutout to clinch the NL East for the Phillies.