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As Roy Halladay enters baseball’s Hall of Fame, we look back at his finest moments with Phillies

As Roy Halladay enters baseball’s Hall of Fame, we look back at his finest moments with Phillies

Though he spent just four of his 16 major league seasons in Philadelphia, Roy Halladay loved his time with the Phillies. He loved playing for a winner, loved the passion of the fans, loved playing in a ballpark filled with emotion and energy.

Halladay once told the story of sitting in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park between innings of a start during his first season with the Phils in 2010. The team was on its way to a fourth straight National League East title and Halladay on his way to his first postseason (not to mention a Cy Young Award). The pitcher looked around the sold-out stadium in awe and thought …

“I can't believe this is happening to me.”

Halladay never got the World Series title he came to Philadelphia looking for, but he pitched in two postseasons, authored a perfect game and playoff no-hitter, and impressed fans and teammates with his amazing work ethic and dedication.

The great pitcher died tragically in a small plane crash in November 2017. He was just 40.

He remains tied to Philadelphia and the Phillies organization. He was inducted onto the Phillies’ Wall of Fame last summer and on Sunday will be officially enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, along with Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez, Lee Smith and Harold Baines.

Halladay spent 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, but his time in Philadelphia was so special that his family asked that he go into the Hall of Fame with no particular team logo on his cap. The Hall of Fame granted that wish.

As he officially becomes a member of Baseball Royalty on Sunday, we look back at some of the moments that defined and highlighted Roy Halladay’s time in Philadelphia.

Halladay, Phillies rout Nationals in season opener

Revisiting the night of Roy Halladay's perfect game in Miami

Halladay tosses second no-hitter in playoff history

Charlie Manuel keeps his promise to Roy Halladay's son

Through the tears, the Halladay family finds joy in Cooperstown honor

Remembering what mattered most to Roy Halladay

A celebration of life: Thank you, Roy Halladay

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Even young Phillies fans are letting the Astros have it

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Could this be a seminal moment in the honesty of the professional baseball player? It's easier to be this open when everyone agrees with you, but if the result is on-camera honesty from even a few more players — stars or not — baseball will be better for it. One of the major reasons for the NBA's popularity is that you can have an off-court conversation every day of the year. There's so much drama. Baseball doesn't really have that, especially from its stars and especially when games aren't being played.

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The William Hill sportsbook on Monday set its over/under on Astros beanings at 83.5. Seems very low. The Astros were hit by a pitch 66 times in 2019 and this would be only 18 more. Based on how angry the rest of the league is, based on how much respect almost every interviewed player is saying he's lost for the Astros ... how can you not lean over?

Now, the under could hit if MLB makes clear that it will be harshly punishing any pitcher who intentionally hits an Astro. But that would open up two giant cans of worms. Players will flip out that they're being suspended while the Astros got off scot free. And managers and pitching coaches will be furious that they can't pitch inside because of the risk of unintentionally hitting an Astro.

The 2020 season will be so fascinating. The Astros might be better off going full NWO and embracing the hate. What other choice do they have?

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Phillies Talk podcast: Let's pick a batting order

The Phillies' first exhibition game is Saturday and we should see plenty of different lineups throughout spring training. On the latest Phillies Talk podcast, Ricky Bottalico and Corey Seidman pick their batting orders.

• Early thoughts on Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, Jake Arrieta

• The guys choose their ideal opening day batting order(s)

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