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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Inside Roy Halladay’s struggle with pain, addiction

But by 2000, the Blue Jays’ first-round pick looked like a bust. Hitters were teeing off on his fastball, in large part because of the over-the-top delivery he’d learned as a young pitcher, which allowed them to pick up the ball early in his release. His 10.64 ERA during that year remains the highest for any MLB pitcher with at least 50 innings in a season. The next spring, the Blue Jays sent Halladay down to Class A ball—essentially one rung removed from being completely out of professional baseball.

“Personally and mentally, it crushed ‘Doc,’” Chris Carpenter, Halladay’s former Blue Jays teammate, recalls.

Brandy says the team had sent Halladay to counseling to help him cope with failure, and because of his heavy alcohol use. A teammate had expressed concern about how much Halladay was drinking on road trips. Because of his habit of drinking in his room, teammates had nicknamed him “Minibar.”

Brandy remembers Roy sitting on the edge of the bed in the couple’s third-floor apartment in Dunedin, Florida, with tears in his eyes as he told her, “I would jump out the window, but with my luck I’d only break my leg and still have to go to the field tomorrow.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2020 at 03:19 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: May 27, 2020 at 08:04 PM (#5953979)
Minibar - what a great nickname
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 27, 2020 at 08:14 PM (#5953980)
A long, sad story. Worth a read.
   3. McCoy Posted: May 27, 2020 at 08:27 PM (#5953983)
Just like Dummy and Chief.
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: May 27, 2020 at 08:37 PM (#5953986)
RIP, Mr. Halladay.

so weird:

"Halladay's 6.82 ERA in 2013 remains the second-highest ERA for a Hall of Fame pitcher with at least 50 innings, second only to his 10.64 ERA in 2000."
   5. Rally Posted: May 27, 2020 at 09:03 PM (#5953990)
Steve Carlton could have had that record, if only someone let him throw 50 innings at the end.
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 28, 2020 at 02:05 PM (#5954158)
HOF pitcher, >50 IP, ERA > 6.00

surprised to see Grove on the list
   7. Ron J Posted: May 28, 2020 at 02:13 PM (#5954162)
#6 Injury. He only pitched twice between June 17 and August 8. Just reported as a "sore arm".
   8. Rally Posted: May 28, 2020 at 03:13 PM (#5954176)
Grove is the only guy on the list to have such a season mid-career. Others were either washed up or had not established themselves, or in Doc’s case both. Grove was sort of old, but he came back from that injury season to win the ERA title in 4 of the next 5 seasons.
   9. Itchy Row Posted: May 28, 2020 at 03:25 PM (#5954180)
Grove's sore arm year was the ninth season of a 14-year span where he led the league in ERA nine times and finished in the top ten four other times (3rd, 4th, 5th, and 9th).

He was in the top two (8 firsts and 4 seconds) in FIP every year except that one between 1926 and 1938. Even in his bad year, his FIP was 3.83. That would have been sixth in the AL if he'd pitched enough innings. With a good FIP, he had positive 2.0 fWAR but negative .5 bWAR that year.
   10. Ron J Posted: May 28, 2020 at 03:56 PM (#5954187)
#8 He claims to have lost something off his fastball in 1934 (looks to me like it started in 1933) and adopted a new approach in 1935. Called it "curve and control" and said that his curve got better because he wasn't throwing as hard.

Oddly I can't find the velocity and spin rate numbers from 1933 to 1935. Waiting for Sean to catch up.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 28, 2020 at 05:13 PM (#5954217)
Grove led the league in ERA, W, or K, 13 of the 17 years of his career. And sometimes more than one category.
   12. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 28, 2020 at 05:28 PM (#5954223)
Grove's usage also changed somewhat after the injury - from '26 to '33, he averaged 13 relief outings per season, and he had 10 in '34 itself despite making only 12 starts. After '34, he had only 14 total relief appearances in his remaining seven seasons.

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