May 31, 2010

Perfection, again

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball

Just when you thought we were safe from having another piece of history break out, Roy Halladay goes and tosses a perfect game. Yes, that would be the 18th official one of all-time and the second this season. Heck, it’s the third in the past 12 months.

What is going on in baseball? Has it simply gotten easier to pitch with some minor rule changes, or have hitters just started sucking after the roids were taken out of the game? While it may just be a statistical anomaly, there certainly seems to be a feeling that the more these gems happen, the less interesting they actually become.

Sure, going 27 up, 27 is still one of the most ridiculously hard things to do in all of sports, but this frequency thing is a tad disturbing.

At least Halladay’s perfecto feels like it was deserved, unlike Dallas Braden’s. Hearing that Doc did wasn’t even as shocking as I thought it would be. If anything, I was more upset about the fact that he did only a dozen starts into his Phillies career, as opposed to being the second Blue Jay to ever even throw a no-hitter.

It truly was a kick in the pants to any Jays fan who wanted to keep Doc around, but it’s quite hard to argue that the team is much better, and perhaps even looser with the ever-professional Doc out of the clubhouse.

The one thing we take away from this perfect game is that Halladay is truly one of, if not the best pitcher in baseball. Moving to the National League has done him wonders and made him, certain in Saturday’s case, untouchable. As someone who supported him for the past many seasons in Toronto, I really hope that he can finally make the playoffs and have the success he deserves.

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