|2006 Topps Allen & Ginter|
It worked and by the end of the 2002 season he made his first of eight All Star teams. His career accomplishments also include 2 Cy Young awards, a perfect game and the second career post season no hitter in MLB history. He had compiled a 203-105 record with 2,117 strikeouts , 67 career complete games and an ERA of 3.38 while pitching for the Blue Jays and Phillies.
Halladay's work ethic and competitiveness while staying humble gained the respect from every dugout in MLB. Halladay was known to get there so early for workouts in the morning he would be waiting for clubhouse attendants and had his work done before his teammates would start what they would think is their early workouts. Halladay was also quick to praise all his teammates and team staff members when he accomplished an individual award stating that we all did it together. Of all the tributes and statements since Halladay's passing, Dodger pitcher Brandon McCarthy probably summed it up the best in his tweet: "He is your favorite player's favorite player".
Halladay is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019 and only if you are curious only two players have had the standard five year waiting period for Hall of Fame consideration lifted and they are Roberto Clemente and Lou Gehrig. It is very unlikely that Halladay will be the third but his plaque will be there one day in Cooperstown.