Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay has been in the news a lot lately. Here the latest.

Roy Halladay: Pitcher of the century

9 December 2013 | 7:17 pm A pitcher that spans an entire decade, dominating from start to finish, is a rarity. It's an arbitrary endpoint, too, as a starting pitcher doesn't necessarily have their peak years during such a calendar-friendly stretch: Pedro Martinez was arguably the pitcher of his era, but that stretch went from 1994 through 2005. If you broke it down into just the one decade, front to back, you're likely … http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sbnation/SBNation_20131209_Roy_Halladay__Pitcher_of_the_century.html

Roy Halladay retires as a Blue Jay after injuries cut short Hall of Fame career

9 December 2013 | 6:44 pm Two-time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay announced his retirement Monday morning after signing a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, the team that drafted him with the 17th overall pick in 1995 and for whom he pitched 12 of his 16 major league seasons. http://mlb.si.com/2013/12/09/roy-halladay-blue-jays-phillies-retire/?section=si_latest

Roy Halladay retires after 16 seasons with Jays, Phillies

9 December 2013 | 6:39 pm That dang Rally Squirrel still haunts Roy Halladay. Citing a desire to avoid surgery for an ailing back and wanting to spend more time with his family, the two-time Cy Young Award winner retired Monday after 16 seasons in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. … http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/9/roy-halladay-retires-after-16-seasons-jays-phillie/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Roy Halladay: Pitcher of the century – SBNation.com

9 December 2013 | 6:19 pm Roy Halladay just might have been better than anyone else to this point in the century. http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2013/12/9/5192230/roy-halladay-retirement-phillies-blue-jays

Roy Halladay retirement press conference recap – Bluebird Banter

9 December 2013 | 6:09 pm Early Monday afternoon, Blue Jays PR director Jay Stenhouse (friend of the blog) emceed the ceremony, and introduced Roy Halladay, who had just signed a one-day contract, as "the newest Blue Jay," just before  http://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2013/12/9/5192398/roy-halladay-retirement-press-conference-recap

Roy Halladay retires as a Blue Jay after injuries cut short Hall of …

9 December 2013 | 6:02 pm Roy Halladay spent 12 years with the Blue Jays and won the 2003 AL Cy Young award in Toronto. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images). Two-time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay announced his retirement Monday morning after  http://mlb.si.com/2013/12/09/roy-halladay-blue-jays-phillies-retire/

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4 Responses to Roy Halladay

  • Laura says:

    Why Is A Base Ball Pitch Thrown Vertically? Why Not Throw It Horizontally? Ok I know why its to make it more accurate.

    But it seems to be far less powerful than if you let your arm whip around horizontally (like a right hook punch) and let it go at the right time?

    It would be alot faster, and you could work harder to make it almost as accurate!
    The rotation of the hips gels better with a side arm action since they are both rotating the same way, no power is lost in the conversion of the hips rotation to a vertical pitch action (like a hammer punch)

    Whether it is more natural is dependant apon the individual, it feels just as natural to throw around as it does forwards/down. But natural or unnatural it doesn’t matter whatever is optimal is what matters surely?
    Good point “a man could stand” !
    Baseball is an awesome sport, thanks for your answers guys! 🙂

    • Curator says:

      Hip rotation is only one part of the equation. Pitching power comes from the legs, and you would lose all of the legs’ energy if you throw sidearm.

      Take a look at major league “power” pitchers. Notice something about their bodies? Their legs tend to be either long and lanky (like a Roy Halladay) or thick and stocky (Like a Jonathan Papelbon). The reason for this is that power is generated from the legs.

      The fallacy in your example is that you are assuming the hips are the “fulcrum” in an overhand throw… That is incorrect. When a pitcher plants his front foot, the ground, in effect, becomes the fulcrum, meaning the energy delivered into the ball is generated by the entire body…not just the torso as it is with a sidearm throw.

      As a final example, lets look at Baseball vs Football. By nature of the game, a football QB must be more upright than a baseball player…he does not have the luxury to take a long stride and drive off his feet.

      As a result, a QB who can throw the ball 60 yards (180 feet) is considered to have a “rocket arm.” Now consider how many MLB outfielders routinely throw the ball, with force from the OF to 3B or Home…throws sometimes ranging 300 feet or more.

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