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When the Phillies traded for Roy Halladay the winter before the 2010 season, they knew they just got a Hall of Fame-caliber pitcher. Nine years later, Doc has officially earned his spot in that Hall of Fame. He received 85.4 percent of the writers’ vote in his first year on the ballot.

Halladay, who tragically passed away in November of 2017, was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays for most of his legendary career. He spent a relatively small amount of time with the Phillies, but the impact he made was huge.

His magical 2010 campaign defined his four-season Phillies tenure. Halladay posted a 21-10 record with a 2.44 ERA across a league-leading 250.2 innings. In 2010, Doc threw the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history, along with the second-ever postseason no-hitter. The no-hitter came in the first game of the NLDS, Halladay’s first playoff appearance. Halladay won the Cy Young Award for his 2010 season, one of the most dominant of any Phillies pitcher.

The Hall will formally induct Halladay this July. His fellow players elected this year are Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, and Harold Baines. Halladay was a tremendous pitcher and was truly a Hall of Famer in every sense.