Miller: Halladay an example for a generation of pitchers

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Roy Halladay’s player page at Baseball-Reference pops with bold ink and staggering numbers: the innings totals, the 20-win seasons, the run of All-Star appearances and Cy Young finishes, the way he single-handedly dragged the complete game into the pitch-count era. But there’s one out-of-place number that shouts loudest, a four-digit figure in a three-digits column: 10.64.

That was Halladay’s ERA in 2000, when he was a 23-year-old pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays. It was, and remains, the highest single-season ERA in history by anyone with a minimum of 50 innings pitched. For a year, Roy Halladay was the worst major league pitcher there ever was.

Then he was one of the best. There are a lot of ways to appreciate what Halladay meant to his era, what he meant to the fans — many of them his colleagues — who watched him and, on Tuesday, mourned his death. The number 10.64 might be the best way.

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