Roy Halladay arrived in Philadelphia to a standing ovation, a $60 million contract extension and the billing as baseball’s top ace. That was before he threw a single pitch.
Doc delivered, and then some.
Halladay added another victory to an almost perfect season Tuesday, unanimously winning the NL Cy Young Award and becoming the fifth pitcher to earn the honor in both leagues.
“It’s by far the most fun I’ve ever had playing this game,” he said on a conference call from Mexico, where he was golfing with Phillies teammate Mike Sweeney, Cardinals star Chris Carpenter and pitcher Chris Young.
Halladay became the first pitcher to throw a perfect game and no-hitter in the same season. He was an easy choice after going 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and 219 strikeouts. He led the league in wins and topped the majors in innings (2502/3), shutouts (4) and complete games (9).
Halladay received all 32 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Adam Wainwright of St. Louis was second and Ubaldo Jimenez of Colorado was third. San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum, who won the past two NL Cy Youngs, finished 11th.
Halladay, who won the 2003 AL Cy Young with Toronto, joined Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Gaylord Perry as pitchers to earn the award in both leagues.
BRAVES SNAG UGGLA
Power-hitting second baseman Dan Uggla was dealt from the Florida Marlins to the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday for infielder Omar Infante and left-hander Mike Dunn in the first trade of the general managers’ meetings in Orlando, Fla.
Uggla, who hit 154 home runs in five seasons, had discussed a possible contract extension beyond 2011 with Florida. He was seeking a new five-year contract and rejected a four-year, $48 million offer from Florida.
MELVIN IN METS MIX
Former Mariners manager Bob Melvin, Terry Collins, Wally Backman and Chip Hale are the four finalists to become New York Mets manager, the club announced.