NEW YORK » 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 yesterday, 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.
"It was everything I hoped it would be," Halladay said.
In the Year of the Pitcher, he became the only one ever to throw a perfect game and no-hitter in the same season.
Halladay 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 (250 2/3 ), shutouts (four) and complete games (nine).
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.
This year’s AL Cy Young Award winner will be announced tomorrow.
Acquired from Toronto last December, Halladay quickly adjusted to a new league and added to the 2003 AL Cy Young he won with the Blue Jays.
Halladay threw a perfect game at Florida on May 29, then tossed a no-hitter against Cincinnati in his postseason debut.
Voting for the award ended after the regular season. Three days later, Halladay completely overmatched the Reds, the top-hitting team in the NL, in their playoff opener.
Halladay split two matchups with Lincecum in the NL championship series. The Giants won in six games, blunting the Phillies’ bid to reach the World Series for the third straight year.
"We fell short," he said. "That part is definitely tough."
Halladay joined Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Gaylord Perry as pitchers to earn the award in both leagues.
Braves deal for 2B Uggla
Power-hitting second baseman Dan Uggla was dealt from the Florida Marlins to the Atlanta Braves yesterday for infielder Omar Infante and left-hander Mike Dunn.
A two-time All-Star, Uggla hit .287 with 33 homers and 105 RBIs last season and had been discussing a possible contract extension with Florida. He made $7.8 million this year, is eligible for salary arbitration and can become a free agent after the 2011 World Series.
Infante was a first-time All-Star who hit a career-high .321. Dunn was 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in 25 games in his rookie year.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG VOTING
Total points on a 7-4-3-2-1 basis