The Toronto Blue Jays will host the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, on what would have been Hall of Famer Roy Halladay's 44th birthday.
A first-round pick by the Blue Jays in the 1995 MLB Draft, Halladay spent the first 12 years of his major league career in Toronto, making six All-Star Game appearances and winning the 2003 American League Cy Young Award. Between 2002 and 2009, FanGraphs says that Halladay edged out Johan Santana and his future teammate Roy Oswalt as the best pitcher in baseball.
For as much success as Halladay had individually in Toronto, he never reached the postseason while pitching in the same division as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Desperate for a chance to be able to pitch in the playoffs, the Blue Jays traded Halladay to the two-time defending National League Champion Phillies ahead of his age-33 season.
Halladay would spend the final four seasons of his illustrious career in Philadelphia, and only remained at his peak level for two more seasons. Still, he packed a ton of accomplishments into his time in red pinstripes.
In 2010, Halladay became the fifth pitcher in baseball history to win a Cy Young Award in both leagues. Halladay went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA, 3.01 FIP and 6.2 fWAR. Halladay's regular season was highlighted by throwing a perfect game against the then-Florida Marlins in late May.
The Phillies went 97-65 in Halladay's first season with the team, allowing arguably the best pitcher of the era to reach the postseason for the first time in his career. All Halladay did was toss the second no-hitter in playoff history in his first postseason appearance, doing so against a Cincinnati Reds lineup that included Joey Votto, Scott Rolen and Jay Bruce.