Saturday, May 14, 2005


May 14th, 1977

Roy Halladay Born

An interesting addendum to yesterday's story, one I hadn't remembered until I was looking for something to write about today, is Roy Halladay. Halladay, of course, is now much better known than Mike Sirotka (and might end up better known than David Wells) but at the time of the trade was a relatively obscure pitcher. He'd had a decent 1999 (3.92 ERA in 36 games, 18 starts), one that perhaps encouraged the Jays to think they had a good pitcher on their hands, but his 2000 was an unmitigated disaster: 10.64 ERA in sixty-seven innings before he was sent back down all the way to Single-A to work out his issues. Although not entirely responsible, Halladay's struggles were likely a factor in the Jays' decision to trade for Sirotka. Of course, unlike Sirotka, Halladay straightened himself out to be one of baseball's best pitchers in 2002 and 2003, and after some problems in 2004 looks to be on that path again this year.

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