Roy Halladay retired yesterday after signing a one-day contract with his long-time team, the Toronto Blue Jays. A classy touch by a classy pro.

More on the good Doctor after the jump.

First, the superlatives. Among his contemporaries with 1500 IP since 1998, these are Halladay’s Top 10 rankings.

  • IP – 2749 (6th)
  • 200 IP seasons – 8 (4th)
  • ERA+ – 131 (6th)
  • 150 ERA+ seasons – 5 (1st)
  • 125 ERA+ seasons – 7 (1st)
  • Wins – 203 (4th) (but only two wins behind 1st)
  • 20 Win seasons – 3 (1st)
  • 15 Win seasons – 8 (1st)
  • W-L% – .659 (3rd)
  • .700 W-L% seasons – 5 (2nd)
  • .600 W-L% seasons – 9 (2nd)
  • CG – 67 (1st)
  • Shutouts – 20 (1st)
  • Strikeouts – 2117 (6th)
  • 200 SO seasons – 5 (3rd)
  • BB/9 – 1.84 (8th)
  • BB/9 < 2 seasons – 7 (2nd)
  • BB/9 < 3 seasons – 8 (9th)
  • WHIP – 1.178 (9th)
  • WHIP < 1.1 seasons – 4 (2nd)
  • WHIP < 1.2 seasons – 7 (1st)
  • HR/9 – 0.77 (6th)
  • HR/9 < 1 seasons – 8 (6th)
  • Top 10 in all of the above – ONLY ONE

Halladay’s 200 wins and .650+ winning percentage puts him in exclusive company among a handful of all-time greats since 1893.

Rk Player ERA+ W L W-L% SO/BB WHIP From To Age G GS CG SHO IP ERA Tm
1 Pedro Martinez 154 219 100 .687 4.15 1.054 1992 2009 20-37 476 409 46 17 2827.1 2.93 LAD-MON-BOS-NYM-PHI
2 Lefty Grove 148 300 141 .680 1.91 1.278 1925 1941 25-41 616 457 298 35 3940.2 3.06 PHA-BOS
3 Roger Clemens 143 354 184 .658 2.96 1.173 1984 2007 21-44 709 707 118 46 4916.2 3.12 BOS-TOR-HOU-NYY
4 Christy Mathewson 135 373 188 .665 2.96 1.058 1900 1916 19-35 636 552 435 79 4788.2 2.13 NYG-TOT
5 Whitey Ford 133 236 106 .690 1.80 1.215 1950 1967 21-38 498 438 156 45 3170.1 2.75 NYY
6 Roy Halladay 131 203 105 .659 3.58 1.178 1998 2013 21-36 416 390 67 20 2749.1 3.38 TOR-PHI
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Unlike the other pitchers on the list above, Halladay never played for a league champion, and toiled mainly for mediocre clubs throughout his career. His .661 W-L% with Toronto is more than 150 points higher than the team’s .503 mark during his time as a Blue Jay.

Halladay’s combination of power and control also places him in elite company. He is one of only 5 pitchers with 2500 IP and a SO/BB ratio more than 3 times as high as WHIP.

Rk Player ERA+ SO/9 BB/9 HR/9 SO/BB WHIP IP From To Age G GS CG SHO W L W-L%
1 Pedro Martinez 154 10.04 2.42 0.76 4.15 1.054 2827.1 1992 2009 20-37 476 409 46 17 219 100 .687
2 Roy Halladay 131 6.93 1.94 0.77 3.58 1.178 2749.1 1998 2013 21-36 416 390 67 20 203 105 .659
3 Curt Schilling 127 8.60 1.96 0.96 4.38 1.137 3261.0 1988 2007 21-40 569 436 83 20 216 146 .597
4 Bret Saberhagen 126 6.02 1.65 0.77 3.64 1.141 2562.2 1984 2001 20-37 399 371 76 16 167 117 .588
5 Mike Mussina 123 7.11 1.98 0.95 3.58 1.192 3562.2 1991 2008 22-39 537 536 57 23 270 153 .638
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Halladay was known as a big game pitcher and the numbers bear out that reputation. His Sep/Oct ERA was two-thirds of a run better than his overall ERA, placing him in the top 25 of all pitchers with 2000 IP since 1916, and in the top 10 for pitchers with 2500 IP.

Rk Player Split G ERA ERAtot Diff W L W-L% GS CG SHO IP IPtot
1 Andy Benes Sept/Oct 67 2.90 3.97 -1.07 31 18 .633 63 3 0 413.1 2505.1
2 Art Nehf Sept/Oct 76 2.30 3.23 -0.93 33 17 .660 53 36 10 477.1 2628.2
3 Mike Mussina Sept/Oct 88 2.86 3.68 -0.82 44 21 .677 87 16 7 588.2 3562.2
4 Eddie Rommel Sept/Oct 92 2.74 3.54 -0.80 40 22 .645 48 35 5 518.2 2554.2
5 Paul Derringer Sept/Oct 101 2.72 3.47 -0.75 45 35 .563 82 53 7 699.0 3642.2
6 Dave Stewart Sept/Oct 92 3.22 3.95 -0.73 32 22 .593 63 15 1 487.0 2629.2
7 Curt Simmons Sept/Oct 106 2.82 3.54 -0.72 35 23 .603 69 26 9 552.0 3348.1
8 CC Sabathia Sept/Oct 68 2.92 3.60 -0.68 33 19 .635 68 6 1 471.0 2775.1
9 Roy Halladay Sept/Oct 69 2.71 3.38 -0.67 35 14 .714 67 15 8 452.0 2749.1
10 Don Drysdale Sept/Oct 90 2.29 2.95 -0.66 36 22 .621 79 26 15 584.1 3432.0
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Halladay’s .714 W-L% in Sep/Oct ranks 5th since 1916 among pitchers with 2000 IP, and 2nd among those with 2500 IP.

Rk Player Split G W-L% W-L%tot W L ERA GS GF CG SHO SV IP IPtot
1 Randy Johnson Sept/Oct 102 .750 .606 51 17 2.97 96 2 15 4 0 667.0 4135.1
2 Firpo Marberry Sept/Oct 92 .744 .627 29 10 3.53 37 40 21 1 16 380.0 2065.1
3 Johan Santana Sept/Oct 49 .741 .641 20 7 2.58 36 0 1 1 0 262.0 2025.2
4 Hoyt Wilhelm Sept/Oct 189 .720 .540 36 14 2.07 8 117 5 1 44 403.2 2254.2
5 Roy Halladay Sept/Oct 69 .714 .659 35 14 2.71 67 1 15 8 0 452.0 2749.1
6 Roy Oswalt Sept/Oct 71 .714 .615 35 14 3.00 62 2 4 4 0 413.1 2245.1
7 Marty Pattin Sept/Oct 81 .711 .511 27 11 2.53 45 22 18 5 8 420.1 2038.2
8 Ron Guidry Sept/Oct 74 .704 .651 38 16 3.28 63 5 20 5 1 472.2 2392.0
9 Bob Shawkey Sept/Oct 79 .696 .569 39 17 2.66 56 18 34 6 6 497.1 2405.1
10 Whitey Ford Sept/Oct 89 .695 .690 41 18 2.48 76 8 30 2 5 565.0 3170.1
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Halladay was also a noted Yankee killer. His ERA margin versus New York compared to his overall ERA is among the best for all pitchers since 1916 (min. 2000 IP, incl. 200 IP against the Yankees), with many of those ahead of him on the list facing the Bombers in their down years instead of as a perennial contender.

Rk ▴ Player Split G ERA ERAtot Diff W L W-L% GS GF CG SHO SV IP IPtot
1 David Wells NYY 45 3.09 4.13 -1.04 19 11 .633 32 5 5 0 2 244.2 3439.0
2 Mike Caldwell NYY 30 3.05 3.81 -0.76 13 8 .619 28 1 11 5 1 215.1 2408.2
3 Denny Galehouse NYY 63 3.31 3.97 -0.66 20 18 .526 38 11 17 4 2 334.2 2004.0
4 Sam McDowell NYY 38 2.53 3.17 -0.64 17 11 .607 34 4 16 3 3 260.0 2492.1
5 Dean Chance NYY 41 2.34 2.92 -0.58 18 11 .621 32 5 12 6 2 250.1 2147.1
6 Hoyt Wilhelm NYY 75 1.98 2.52 -0.54 9 11 .450 13 42 6 3 17 209.1 2254.2
7 Luis Tiant NYY 53 2.84 3.30 -0.46 22 15 .595 44 8 20 7 3 341.2 3486.1
8 Dave Stieb NYY 34 3.00 3.44 -0.44 8 10 .444 29 2 9 3 0 222.0 2895.1
9 Vida Blue NYY 29 2.87 3.27 -0.40 16 9 .640 29 0 10 2 0 216.1 3343.1
10 Roy Halladay NYY 38 2.98 3.38 -0.40 18 7 .720 36 1 7 3 0 253.1 2749.1
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That .720 winning percentage against the Yankees is 3rd best for pitchers with 15 decisions against New York, and tops for pitchers with 20 decisions.

Rk ▴ Player Split G W-L% W-L%tot W L ERA GS GF CG SHO SV IP IPtot
1 Kevin Brown NYY 16 .800 .594 12 3 2.50 16 0 4 1 0 115.0 3256.1
2 Teddy Higuera NYY 23 .765 .595 13 4 3.14 22 0 7 3 0 163.1 1380.0
3 Roy Halladay NYY 38 .720 .659 18 7 2.98 36 1 7 3 0 253.1 2749.1
4 Eddie Cicotte NYY 34 .714 .656 20 8 2.26 28 4 21 4 1 251.0 1408.0
5 Bill Lee NYY 38 .706 .569 12 5 3.86 21 10 9 2 2 191.0 1944.1
6 Todd Stottlemyre NYY 24 .706 .533 12 5 4.24 21 0 4 0 0 150.2 2191.2
7 Jon Lester NYY 26 .688 .641 11 5 3.96 26 0 1 1 0 154.2 1376.1
8 Frank Lary NYY 56 .683 .525 28 13 3.32 49 3 24 3 1 371.2 2162.1
9 Dave McNally NYY 51 .677 .607 21 10 3.48 48 1 14 6 0 310.2 2730.0
10 Firpo Marberry NYY 81 .676 .627 23 11 4.32 29 39 12 1 20 289.1 2065.1
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So, what about the Hall of Fame? If you’re not convinced of Halladay’s bonafides, consider the pitchers below. They are the only pitchers with 200 wins and an ERA+ of 130 or better who are NOT already in the Hall.

Rk Player ERA+ W L W-L% From To Age G GS CG SHO IP ERA Tm
1 Pedro Martinez 154 219 100 .687 1992 2009 20-37 476 409 46 17 2827.1 2.93 LAD-MON-BOS-NYM-PHI
2 Roger Clemens 143 354 184 .658 1984 2007 21-44 709 707 118 46 4916.2 3.12 BOS-TOR-HOU-NYY
3 Randy Johnson 135 303 166 .646 1988 2009 24-45 618 603 100 37 4135.1 3.29 MON-TOT-SEA-NYY-ARI-SFG
4 Greg Maddux 132 355 227 .610 1986 2008 20-42 744 740 109 35 5008.1 3.16 CHC-ATL-TOT-SDP
5 Roy Halladay 131 203 105 .659 1998 2013 21-36 416 390 67 20 2749.1 3.38 TOR-PHI
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I don’t think there’s much doubt that the other names on that list will and should be in the Hall very soon. Nor should there be any doubt about Halladay.

That relatively low win total still giving you doubts? There is certainly plenty of precedent for inducting pitchers with outstanding ERAs and more modest win totals. These are ALL the HOF pitchers with a 130 ERA+ (it’s really hard to maintain that good an ERA for a career).

Rk Player W ERA+ L W-L% From To Age G GS CG SHO GF SV IP ERA Tm
1 Cy Young 511 138 316 .618 1890 1911 23-44 906 815 749 76 84 17 7356.0 2.63 CLV-STL-BOS-CLE-TOT
2 Walter Johnson 417 147 279 .599 1907 1927 19-39 802 666 531 110 127 34 5914.1 2.17 WSH
3 Pete Alexander 373 136 208 .642 1911 1930 24-43 696 600 437 90 80 32 5190.0 2.56 PHI-CHC-TOT-STL
4 Christy Mathewson 373 135 188 .665 1900 1916 19-35 636 552 435 79 73 30 4788.2 2.13 NYG-TOT
5 Kid Nichols 361 140 208 .634 1890 1906 20-36 621 562 532 48 56 17 5067.1 2.96 BSN-STL-TOT-PHI
6 John Clarkson 328 133 178 .648 1882 1894 20-32 531 518 485 37 12 5 4536.1 2.81 WOR-CHC-BSN-TOT-CLV
7 Lefty Grove 300 148 141 .680 1925 1941 25-41 616 457 298 35 123 55 3940.2 3.06 PHA-BOS
8 Mordecai Brown 239 139 130 .648 1903 1916 26-39 481 332 271 55 138 49 3172.1 2.06 STL-CHC-CIN-TOT-CHI
9 Whitey Ford 236 133 106 .690 1950 1967 21-38 498 438 156 45 35 10 3170.1 2.75 NYY
10 Hal Newhouser 207 130 150 .580 1939 1955 18-34 488 374 212 33 79 26 2993.0 3.06 DET-CLE
11 Ed Walsh 195 145 126 .607 1904 1917 23-36 430 315 250 57 103 35 2964.1 1.82 CHW-BSN
12 Rube Waddell 193 135 143 .574 1897 1910 20-33 407 340 261 50 54 5 2961.1 2.16 LOU-PIT-TOT-PHA-SLB
13 Sandy Koufax 165 131 87 .655 1955 1966 19-30 397 314 137 40 44 9 2324.1 2.76 BRO-LAD
14 Addie Joss 160 142 97 .623 1902 1910 22-30 286 260 234 45 22 5 2327.0 1.89 CLE
15 Dizzy Dean 150 131 83 .644 1930 1947 20-37 317 230 154 26 76 30 1967.1 3.02 STL-CHC-SLB
16 Hoyt Wilhelm 143 147 122 .540 1952 1972 29-49 1070 52 20 5 651 227 2254.1 2.52 NYG-TOT-BAL-CHW-LAD
17 Bruce Sutter 68 136 71 .489 1976 1988 23-35 661 0 0 0 512 300 1042.0 2.83 CHC-STL-ATL
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Thanks for the memories, Roy. We’ll see you in Cooperstown!

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