“I’ll go nine skip” -Doc Halladay
Roy Halladay has finished 19% of his career starts and leads all active pitchers with 66 complete games. In fact “Doc” has proven to be the most durable right-handed pitcher in the history of baseball after leading his league in complete games for the 7th time this year. He passed two of the top five pitchers of the 20th century, Walter Johnson and Pete Alexander, for most times a RHP has led their league in CG’s.
This is incredible for three reasons:
- Old Pete and The Big Train pitched when there were only 24 legitimate starters in each league. Halladay has over 60 competitors.
- Doc has thrown 2X as many CG’s as his closest peer over the last 9 years. Johnson had 35% more than Alexander who in turn topped Eddie Cicotte by 29% during their peak runs of durability in the dead ball era.
- The Jays former 1st rounder pitched only 2 full seasons before age 29.