ADRIAN GONZALEZ BIDS GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD IN FIVE PLAYER DEAL

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The Atlanta Braves traded outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir and Charlie Culberson, the teams announced Saturday.

The Braves, who also received cash considerations in the deal, immediately designated Gonzalez for assignment after the veteran waived his no-trade clause since Atlanta already is set at first base with Freddie Freeman.

“This allows him the opportunity to go and find some playing time,” new Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said of Gonzalez.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO BOB COSTAS FORD FRICK AWARD WINNER

Bob Costas

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Bob Costas
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Costas in 2014
Born Robert Quinlan Costas
(1952-03-22) March 22, 1952 (age 65)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Sportscaster
Spouse(s) Carole Krummenacher (m. 1983; div. 2001)
Jill Sutton (m. 2004)
Children 2
Parent(s) Jayne and John Costas

Robert Quinlan Costas (born March 22, 1952) is an American sportscaster, on the air for NBC Sports television since the early 1980s. He was the prime-time host of 12 Olympic Games, from 1992 until 2016. Costas currently does play-by-play for MLB Network and hosts an interview show called Studio 42 with Bob Costas.

Early life[edit]

Costas was born in Queens, New York City, and grew up in Commack, New York. He is the son of Jayne (Quinlan), of Irish descent, and John George Costas, an electrical engineer of Greek descent. His father’s ancestry can be traced back to the island of Kalymnos in the Aegean Sea in Greece. He graduated from Commack High School South and attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1973, Costas began his professional career at WSYR TV and radio in Syracuse, while still completing his communications degree at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. His sportscasting career began while attending Syracuse University, serving as an announcer for the Syracuse Blazers minor-league hockey team playing in the Eastern Hockey League and North American Hockey League.

After graduating in 1974 at the age of 22, Coastas went to KMOX radio in St. Louis, Missouri, calling play-by-play for the Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association in 1974. He was a prominent contributor to the ABA book Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association. He is extensively quoted on many topics. The book includes his reflections of ABA life during his tenure as radio voice of the Spirits of St. Louis.

Later, Costas would call Missouri Tigers basketball and co-host KMOX’s Open Line call-in program. He did play-by-play for Chicago Bulls broadcasts on WGN-TV during the 1979–1980 NBA season.[1][2] He was also employed by CBS Sports as a regional CBS NFL and CBS NBA announcer from 1976 to 1979, after which he moved to NBC.

NBC Sports[edit]

When Costas was hired by NBC, Don Ohlmeyer, who at the time ran the network’s sports division, told the then 28-year-old Costas that he looked like a 14-year-old. Costas would recite this anecdote during an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Ohlmeyer based his reaction on Costas’ modest stature (Costas is 5’7″) and boyish, baby-faced appearance.

For many years, Costas hosted NBC’s National Football League coverage and NBA coverage. He also did play-by-play for National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball coverage. With the introduction of the NBC Sports Network, Costas also became the host of the new monthly interview program Costas Tonight.[3]

Boxing[edit]

On March 30, 2015, it was announced that Costas would join forces with Marv Albert (blow-by-blow) and Al Michaels (host) on the April 11, 2015, edition of NBC’s primetime PBC on NBC boxing series.[4] Costas was added to serve as a special contributor for the event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He would narrate and write a feature on the storied history of boxing in New York City.

Golf[edit]

Costas has also hosted NBC‘s coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament.[5]

Major League Baseball[edit]

For baseball telecasts, Costas teamed with Sal Bando[6] (1982), Tony Kubek (from 1983 to 1989), and Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker (from 1994 to 2000). One of his most memorable broadcasts occurred on June 23, 1984 (in what would go down in baseball lore as “The Sandberg Game“).[7] Costas, along with Tony Kubek, was calling the Saturday baseball Game of the Week from Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in particular was cited for putting Ryne Sandberg (as well as the 1984 Cubs in general, who would go on to make their first postseason appearance since 1945) “on the map”. In the ninth inning, the Cubs, trailing 9–8, faced the premier relief pitcher of the time, Bruce Sutter. Sandberg, then not known for his power, slugged a home run to left field against the Cardinals’ ace closer.[7] Despite this dramatic act, the Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the tenth. Sandberg came up again in the tenth inning, facing a determined Sutter with one man on base. Sandberg then shocked the national audience by hitting a second home run, even farther into the left field bleachers, to tie the game again.[7] The Cubs went on to win in the 11th inning.[8] When Sandberg hit that second home run, Costas said, “Do you believe it?!” The Cardinals’ Willie McGee hit for the cycle in the same game.

While hosting Game 4 of the 1988 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics on NBC, Costas angered many members of the Dodgers (especially the team’s manager, Tommy Lasorda) by commenting before the start of the game that the Dodgers quite possibly were about to put up the weakest-hitting lineup in World Series history.[9] That comment ironically fired up the Dodgers’ competitive spirit. Later (while being interviewed by NBC’s Marv Albert), after the Dodgers had won Game 4 (en route to a 4–1 series victory), Lasorda sarcastically suggested the MVP of the 1988 World Series should be Bob Costas.

Besides calling the 1989 American League Championship Series for NBC, Costas also filled-in for a suddenly ill Vin Scully, who had come down with laryngitis, for Game 2 of the 1989 National League Championship Series alongside Tom Seaver. Game 2 of the NLCS took place on Thursday, October 5, which was an off day for the ALCS. NBC then decided to fly Costas from Toronto to Chicago to substitute for Scully on Thursday night. Afterward, Costas flew back to Toronto, where he resumed work on the ALCS the next night.

Costas anchored NBC’s pre- and post-game shows for NFL broadcasts and the pre and post-game shows for numerous World Series and Major League Baseball All-Star Games during the 1980s (the first being for the 1982 World Series). Costas did not get a shot at doing play-by-play (as the games on NBC were previously called by Vin Scully) for an All-Star Game until 1994 and a World Series until 1995 (when NBC split the coverage with ABC under “The Baseball Network” umbrella), when NBC regained Major League Baseball rights after a four-year hiatus (when the broadcast network television contract moved over to CBS,[10][11] exclusively). It was not until 1997 when Costas finally got to do play-by-play for a World Series from start to finish. Costas ended up winning a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play.

In 1999, Costas teamed with his then-NBC colleague Joe Morgan to call two weekday night telecasts for ESPN. The first was on Wednesday, August 25 with Detroit Tigers playing against the Seattle Mariners. The second was on Tuesday, September 21 with the Atlanta Braves playing against the New York Mets.

On December 13, 2017 it was announced that Costas would receive the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 28, 2018.[12]

NASCAR[edit]

In November 2017, it was announced that Costas would alongside Krista Voda, co-anchor NBC‘s pre-race coverage leading into the NASCAR Cup Series finale from Homestead[13]. In addition to hosting pre-race coverage, Costas would conduct a live interview with incoming NBC broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was running his final race.

National Basketball Association[edit]

When NBC gained the NBA network contract from CBS in 1990, Costas hosted the telecasts and was teamed in the studio with ex-Lakers coach Pat Riley. He also hosted the studio program Showtime and did play-by-play for the 1991 All-Star Game. In 1997, Costas began a three-year stint as the lead play-by-play man for The NBA on NBC. NBC enlisted Costas’ services after they were forced to (temporarily) remove Marv Albert from their broadcasts due to lingering personal and legal problems at the time. Costas teamed with Isiah Thomas and Doug Collins for NBA telecasts from 1997 to 2000. He stepped aside following the 2000 NBA Finals in favor of a returning Albert. While this, in essence, ended his active role on the NBA on NBC program (by this point, Hannah Storm and briefly, Ahmad Rashād had replaced Costas on studio anchoring duties), Costas would return to do play-by-play for selected playoff games. He returned to call some games of the 2002 NBA Playoffs after Albert was injured in a car accident two days before the playoffs. Costas also co-anchored (with Hannah Storm) NBC’s NBA Finals coverage in 2002, which was their last to-date (before the NBA’s network television contract moved to ABC).

Professional football[edit]

NBC Sports allowed Costas to opt out from having to cover the XFL. He publicly denigrated the league throughout its existence and remains a vocal critic of the league and its premise.

In 2006, Costas returned to NFL studio hosting duties for NBC’s new Sunday Night Football, hosting its pre-game show Football Night in America. Costas last hosted NFL telecasts for NBC in 1992 before being replaced in the studio by Jim Lampley and subsequently, Greg Gumbel. Before becoming the studio host for The NFL on NBC in 1984, Costas did play-by-play of NFL games with analyst Bob Trumpy.

Costas is nicknamed “Rapping Roberto” by New York City’s Daily News sports media columnist Bob Raissman.[14] Al Michaels also called him “Rapping Roberto” during the telecast between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants on September 10, 2006, in response to Costas calling him “Alfalfa”.[15]

National Hockey League[edit]

Costas hosted NBC’s coverage of the 2008, 2009, and the 2010 NHL Winter Classic.[16] He was scheduled to host coverage of the 2011 event as well but, due to the game’s postponement, Costas only hosted pre-game coverage before leaving to go to Seattle for his duties with NBC’s NFL coverage the next night. He hosted the event in 2012 as well as a post-game edition of NHL Live on the NBC Sports Network.

Olympics (1988–2016)[edit]

Costas has frontlined many Olympics broadcasts for NBC. They include the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000, Salt Lake City in 2002, Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006, Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010, London in 2012, Sochi in 2014 and Rio in 2016.[17] He discusses his work on the Olympic telecasts extensively in a book by Andrew Billings entitled Olympic Media: Inside the Biggest Show on Television. A personal influence on Costas has been legendary ABC Sports broadcaster Jim McKay, who hosted many Olympics for ABC from the 1960s to the 1980s.[18]

During the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Opening Ceremonies, Costas’s remarks on China‘s teams’ possible drug use caused an uproar among the American Chinese and international communities. Thousands of dollars were raised to purchase ads in The Washington Post and Sunday The New York Times, featuring an image of the head of a statue of Apollo and reading: “Costas Poisoned Olympic Spirit, Public Protests NBC”.[19][20] However, Costas’ comments were made subsequent to the suspension of Chinese coach Zhou Ming after seven of his swimmers were caught using steroids in 1994. Further evidence of Chinese athletes’ drug use came in 1997 when Australian authorities confiscated 13 vials of Somatropin, a human growth hormone, from the bag of Chinese swimmer Yuan Yuan upon her arrival for the 1997 World Swimming Championships. At the World Championships, four Chinese swimmers tested positive for the banned substance Triamterene, a diuretic used to dilute urine samples to mask the presence of anabolic steroids. Including these failed drug tests, 27 Chinese swimmers were caught using performance-enhancing drugs from 1990 through 1997; more than the rest of the world combined.[21]

Along with co-host Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer, Costas’ commentary of the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies came under fierce criticism, with Costas being described as making “a series of jingoistic remarks, including a joke about Idi Amin when Uganda‘s team appeared”[22] and the combined commentary as being “ignorant” and “banal”.[23][24][25]

Following the Olympics, Costas appeared on Conan O’Brien‘s talk show and jokingly criticized his employer for its decision to air a preview of the upcoming series Animal Practice over a performance by The Who during the London closing ceremonies. “So here is the balance NBC has to consider: The Who, ‘Animal Practice.’ Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend – monkey in a lab coat. I’m sure you’d be the first to attest, Conan, that when it comes to the tough calls, NBC usually gets ’em right,” Costas said, alluding at the end to O’Brien’s involvement in the 2010 Tonight Show conflict.[26]

An eye infection Costas had at the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics forced him, on February 11, 2014, to cede his Olympic hosting duties to Matt Lauer (four nights) and Meredith Vieira (two nights), the first time Costas had not done so at all since the 1998 Winter Olympics (as rights were not held by NBC).[27]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Since 2001, Costas has co-hosted the Kentucky Derby.[28] In 2009, he hosted Bravo’s coverage of the 2009 Kentucky Oaks.[29]

Retirement from main on-air positions[edit]

On February 9, 2017, Costas announced during Today that he had begun the process of stepping down from his main on-air roles at NBC Sports, announcing in particular that he would cede his role as primetime host for NBC’s Olympics coverage to Mike Tirico (who joined the network from ESPN in 2016), and that he would host Super Bowl LII as his final Super Bowl.[30]

USA Today reported that he would similarly step down from Football Night in America in favor of Tirico. Costas explained that he was not outright retiring and expected to take on a role at NBC Sports similar to that of Tom Brokaw, being an occasional special correspondent to the division. He explained that his decision “opens up more time to do the things that I feel I’m most connected to; there will still be events, features, and interviews where I can make a significant contribution at NBC, but it will also leave more time for baseball (on MLB Network), and then, at some point down the road, I’ll have a chance to do more of the long-form programming I enjoy.” Costas told USA Today that his gradual retirement was planned in advance, and that he did not want to announce it during the 2016 Summer Olympics or the NFL season because it would be too disruptive, and joked that “I’m glad that Sochi wasn’t the last one. You wouldn’t want your pink-eye Olympics to be your last Olympics.”[30][31]

Talk show hosting[edit]

Costas also hosted the syndicated radio program Costas Coast to Coast from 1986 to 1996, which was revived as Costas on the Radio. Costas on the Radio, which ended its three-year run on May 31, 2009, aired on 200 stations nationwide each weekend and syndicated by the Clear Channel owned Premiere Radio Networks. During that period, Costas also served as the imaging voice of Clear Channel-owned KLOU in St. Louis, Missouri, during that station’s period as “My 103.3”.[32] Like Later, Costas’ radio shows have focused on a wide variety of topics and have not been limited to sports discussion.

Costas hosted Later with Bob Costas on NBC from 1988 until 1994. This late night show created by Dick Ebersol, coming on at 1:30 a.m. as the third program in NBC’s nightly lineup after The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman, was something of a break from the typical TV talk show format of the era, featuring Costas and a single guest conversing for the entire half hour, without a band, opening monologue or studio audience. On several occasions, Costas held the guest over for multiple nights, and these in-depth discussions won Costas much praise for his interviewing skills. The show was taped in GE Building‘s studios 3B or 8H at the Rockefeller Plaza, with Costas interviewing the guest for 45 minutes to an hour before turning the material over to editors who condensed it down to 22 minutes plus commercial breaks.[33] More popular guests were given two or three part interviews that ran consecutive nights. In August 1991, Mel Brooks became the only guest for four consecutive nights in the series’ history. The program was critically acclaimed, and twice nominated for Emmy’s during its 5 12-year run, with Costas as host. It won the Emmy Award for Best Informational Series in 1993.

In June 2005, Costas was named by CNN president Jonathan Klein as a regular substitute anchor for Larry King‘s Larry King Live for one year. Costas, as well as Klein, have said Costas was not trying out for King’s position on a permanent basis. Nancy Grace was also named a regular substitute host for the show.[34] On August 18, 2005, Costas refused to host a Larry King Live broadcast where the subject was missing teenager Natalee Holloway. Costas said that because there were no new developments in the story, he felt it had no news value, and he was uncomfortable with television’s drift in the direction of tabloid-type stories.[35]

Beginning in October 2011, Costas was a correspondent for Rock Center with Brian Williams. He gained acclaim for his November 2011 live interview of former Pennsylvania State University assistant coach Jerry Sandusky concerning charges of sexual abuse of minors, in which Sandusky called in to deny the charges.[36]

Costas hosts a monthly talk show Costas Tonight on NBC Sports Network.[37]

HBO Sports[edit]

In 2001, Costas was hired by HBO to host a 12-week series called On the Record with Bob Costas.[38] On the Record with Bob Costas was similar to the format of the old Later program as they both concentrated on in-depth interviews. In 2005, On the Record with Bob Costas was revamped to become Costas Now, a monthly issue oriented sports program that occasionally employed a town hall style format.

In 2002, Costas began a stint as co-host of HBO’s long-running series Inside the NFL. Costas remained host of Inside the NFL through the end of the 2007 NFL season. He hosted the show with Cris Collinsworth and former NFL legends Dan Marino and Cris Carter. The program aired each week during the NFL season.

Costas left HBO to sign with MLB Network in February 2009.

MLB Network[edit]

At the channel’s launch on January 1, 2009, Costas hosted the premiere episode of All Time Games, a presentation of the recently discovered kinescope of Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. During the episode, he held a forum with Don Larsen, who pitched MLB’s only postseason perfect game during that game, and Yogi Berra, who caught the game.

Costas joined the network full-time on February 3, 2009. He hosts a regular interview show titled MLB Network Studio 42 with Bob Costas as well as special programming and provides play-by-play for select live baseball game telecasts.[39] In 2017, Costas called Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros on MLB Network. The Astros went on to win 8-2. Unfortunately, Costas and his color commentator Jim Kaat received criticism for their “bantering about minutia” and misidentification of plays. Costas also went on to become an internet meme after using the term the “sacks were juiced” to describe the bases being loaded.[40]

NFL Network[edit]

As aforementioned, Costas is currently hosting Thursday Night Football on NBC and NFL Network, having returned to broadcasting after a brief absence.

Other appearances[edit]

Costas provided significant contributions to the Ken Burns, PBS mini series Baseball as well as its follow-up The 10th Inning. He also appears in another PBS film, A Time for Champions, produced by St. Louis‘s Nine Network of Public Media.[41]

Interests[edit]

Love of baseball[edit]

Costas is a devoted baseball fan. He’s been suggested as a potential commissioner and wrote Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case for Baseball in 2000. For his 40th birthday, then Oakland Athletics manager Tony La Russa allowed Costas to manage the club during a spring training game. The first time Costas visited baseball legend Stan Musial‘s St. Louis eatery, he left a $3.31 tip on a ten dollar tab in homage to Musial’s lifetime batting average (.331). Costas delivered the eulogy at Mickey Mantle‘s funeral. In eulogizing Mantle, Costas described the baseball legend as “a fragile hero to whom we had an emotional attachment so strong and lasting that it defied logic”. Costas has even carried a 1958 Mickey Mantle baseball card in his wallet. Costas also delivered the eulogy for Musial after his death in early 2013.

Costas was outspoken about his disdain for Major League Baseball instituting a playoff wild card. Costas believed it diminishes the significance and drama of winning a divisional championship. He prefers a system in which winning the wild card puts a team at some sort of disadvantage, as opposed to an equal level with teams who outplayed them over a 162-game season. Or, as explained in his book Fair Ball, have only the three division winners in each league go to the postseason, with the team with the best record receiving a buy-in to the League Championship Series. Once, on the air on HBO‘s Inside the NFL, he mentioned that the NFL regular season counted for something, but baseball’s was beginning to lose significance. With the advent of the second wild card, Costas has said he feels the format has improved, since there is now a greater premium placed on finishing first. He has suggested a further tweak: Make the wild card round a best two of three, instead of a single game, with all three games, if necessary, on the homefield of the wild card of the better record.

Costas serves as a member of the advisory board of the Baseball Assistance Team, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping former Major League, Minor League, and Negro League players through financial and medical difficulties.

Political views[edit]

George W. Bush[edit]

On May 26, 2007, Costas discussed the presidency of George W. Bush on his radio show, stating he liked Bush personally, and had been optimistic about his presidency, but said the course of the Iraq war, and other mis-steps have led him to conclude Bush’s presidency had “tragically failed” and considered it “overwhelmingly evident, even if you’re a conservative Republican, if you’re honest about it, this is a failed administration.”[42] The following summer, Costas interviewed Bush during the president’s appearance at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[43]

Controversies[edit]

Gun culture controversy[edit]

During a segment on the Sunday Night Football halftime show on December 2, 2012, Costas paraphrased Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock in regards to Jovan Belcher‘s murder-suicide the day prior, stating that the United States’ gun culture was causing more domestic disputes to result in death, and that it was likely Belcher and his girlfriend would not have died had he not possessed a gun.[44]

Critics interpreted his remarks as support for gun control, resulting in mostly negative reactions. Many (including former Republican Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Herman Cain)[45] felt that Costas should not have used a program typically viewed as entertainment to publicize political views on sensitive topics, Lou Dobbs criticized his remarks for supporting the abolishment of the Second Amendment by quoting a sports writer, while Andrew Levy remarked that he had been given a civics lecture by someone who had “gotten rich thanks in part to a sport that destroys men’s bodies and brains.”[46] However, liberal reporter Erik Wemple of The Washington Post praised Costas for speaking out for gun control on the broadcast, feeling that the incident’s connection to the NFL provided him with an obligation to acknowledge the incident during the halftime show, stating that “the things that [NFL players] do affect the public beyond whether their teams cover the point spread. And few cases better exemplify that dynamic as powerfully as the Belcher incident.”[47]

During the following week, Costas defended his remarks in an appearance on MSNBC‘s program The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, where he stated that the remarks were related to the country’s gun culture, and not about gun control as critics had inferred. Costas did suggest that more regulation be placed on America’s gun culture:[45]

“Now, do I believe that we need more comprehensive and more sensible gun control legislation? Yes I do. That doesn’t mean repeal the Second Amendment. That doesn’t mean a prohibition on someone having a gun to protect their home and their family. It means sensible and more comprehensive gun control legislation. But even if you had that, you would still have the problem of what Jason Whitlock wrote about, and what I agree with. And that is a gun culture in this country.”[45]

2014 Winter Olympics[edit]

During his coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Costas was criticized by some conservative members of the media, including Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck for supposedly praising Vladimir Putin’s role in defusing tensions surrounding Syria, and Iran.[48] Several media commentators, including Bill O’Reilly and Bernard Goldberg, defended Costas’ remarks as factually correct and pointed out that Costas had also voiced considerable criticism of both Russia and Putin while broadcasting from Sochi. During an interview on Fox News Goldberg said “… the idea that Costas somehow portrayed Vladimir Putin as a benign figure is ridiculous.”[49][50] Costas defended himself on O’Reilly’s broadcast on March 3, reiterating that he criticized Putin immediately preceding, and following, the statements that were questioned. O’Reilly then aired a portion of an Olympic commentary in which Costas was pointedly critical of the Russian leader. Costas also indicated that Senator John McCain, who had been among those who had initially criticized Costas, had called Costas to apologize after hearing the full segment in context.[51]

Personal life[edit]

Costas and Jill Sutton at the 2014 Miami International Film Festival

Costas was married from 1983 to 2001 to Carole “Randy” Randall Krummenacher. They had two children, son Keith (born 1986) and daughter Taylor (born 1989). Costas once jokingly promised Minnesota Twins center fielder Kirby Puckett that, if he was batting over .350 by the time his child was born, he would name the baby Kirby. Kirby was hitting better than .350, but Bob’s son initially was not given a first (or second) name of Kirby. After Puckett reminded Costas of the agreement, the birth certificate was changed to “Keith Michael Kirby Costas”.[52] On March 12, 2004, Costas married his second wife, Jill Sutton. Costas and his wife now reside primarily in New York, but he has often said he thinks of St. Louis as his hometown.[53]

Costas’s children have also won Sports Emmys; Keith has won two as an associate producer on MLB Network’s MLB Tonight,[54][55] and Taylor as an associate producer on NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[55]

Awards and honors[edit]

Costas has won eight National Sportcaster of the Year awards from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was inducted into that organization’s Hall of Fame in 2012. He has also won four Sportscaster of the Year awards from the American Sportscasters Association and well over twenty Sports Emmy Awards for outstanding sports announcing. He is the only person in television history to have won Emmys for Sports, News (Sandusky interview), and Entertainment (Later).

In 1995, Costas received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.[56] In 1999, he was a recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame, which is awarded to members of the electronic and print media for outstanding contributions to the sport. In 2000, he won a TV Guide Award for Favorite Sportscaster.[57] In 2001, Syracuse University honored Costas with the George Arents Award, SU’s highest alumni honor, for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting. He was selected as the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism recipient in 2004. In 2006, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Loyola College in Maryland. In 2012, Costas was awarded the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.[58] In 2013, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications honored him with the first Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media.[59][60]

Costas is an honorary trustee of Webster University, a private college located in Webster Groves, Missouri. He is a frequent supporter of the school and has been in numerous radio commercials for them. He is also an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

In popular culture[edit]

Films[edit]

In 1994, Costas appeared as the play-by-play announcer for the World Series (working alongside Tim McCarver) in the movie The Scout. In 1998, he appeared as himself along with his rival/counterpart Al Michaels (who now works for NBC) from ABC in the movie BASEketball. Costas voiced the animated character Bob Cutlass, a race announcer,[61] in the movies Cars (2006) and Cars 3 (2017). He also appeared as himself in the 2001 movie Pootie Tang, where he remarks that he saw “the longest damn clip ever”.

Costas’ voice appeared in the 2011 documentary film Legendary: When Baseball Came to the Bluegrass, which detailed the humble beginnings of the Lexington Legends, a minor league baseball team located in Lexington, Kentucky.

References[edit]

Costas has been alluded to several times in popular music. The songs “Mafioso” by Mac Dre, “We Major” by Domo Genesis and “The Last Huzzah” by Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, all refer to Costas. He was also mentioned in a Ludacris song after Costas mentioned the rapper on the late night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly.

In June 2013, Costas provided the voice of “God” in the Monty Python musical Spamalot at The Muny Repertory in St. Louis.

Television guest spots[edit]

Apart from his normal sportscasting duties, Costas has also presented periodic sports blooper reels, and announced dogsled and elevator races, on Late Night with David Letterman.

In 1985, Costas appeared on The War to Settle the Score, a pre-WrestleMania program that the World Wrestling Federation aired on MTV.

In 1993, Costas hosted the “pregame” show for the final episode of Cheers. Costas once appeared on the television program NewsRadio as himself. He hosted an award show and later had some humorous encounters with the crew of WNYX. Costas also once appeared as a guest on the faux talk show cartoon Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

Costas has been impersonated several times by Darrell Hammond on Saturday Night Live.[62] Costas was “supposed” to appear in the fourth-season premiere of Celebrity Deathmatch (ironically titled “Where is Bob Costas?”) as a guest-commentator, but about halfway through the episode it was revealed that John Tesh had killed him before the show to take his place.

On June 13, 2008, Costas appeared on MSNBC‘s commercial-free special coverage of Remembering Tim Russert (1950~2008).

On January 30, 2009, Costas guest-starred as himself on the television series Monk in an episode titled “Mr. Monk Makes the Playoffs“‘. He mentions to Captain Stottlemeyer about how Adrian Monk once helped him out of a problem several years ago with regards to a demented cat salesman. He apparently sold Costas a cat that allegedly tried to kill him with a squeeze toy (in fact, when he signs off, he says “The cat was definitely trying to kill me”).

Costas guest-voiced as himself in 2010 Simpsons episode, “Boy Meets Curl“, when Homer and Marge make the U.S. Olympic curling team. Costas also guest-voiced as himself on the Family Guy episode “Turban Cowboy” in an interview with Peter after he wins the Boston Marathon by hitting everyone with his car.

On February 11, 2010, Stephen Colbert jokingly expressed his desire to stab Costas with an ice pick at the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver so that Colbert could take over as host. Costas later made a cameo appearance on the February 25, 2010, edition of Colbert’s show.

In January 2013, Costas appeared as himself in the Go On episode “Win at All Costas” with Matthew Perry, wherein Ryan King auditions with him for a TV Show.

Real footage of Costas from NBC’s pregame show before Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals was used in the second episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Costas appeared on the September 22, 2017 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher to discuss issues such as concussions and the role of political activism in professional sports (namely by Colin Kaepernick). [63]

Video games[edit]

In 2002, Costas was the play-by-play announcer, alongside Harold Reynolds, for Triple Play 2002 during the ballgame for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Career timeline[edit]

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OHTANI MOVES CLOSER TO THE MAJORS

 

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 Shohei Ohtani TOOK A  step towards joining  MLB – and possibly the Bronx – on Tuesday night.

The interesting, two-way star from Japan could be posted as early as late next week by his club, the Nippon Ham Fighters, following an agreement by MLB, the Players’ Association and Nippon Professional Baseball.

According to a New York Post report, MLB and the MLBPA agreed to retain the posting system for this offseason, with modifications to be installed beginning next winter. The new system requires ratification by the MLB owners.

The Nippon Ham Fighters would receive $20 million for posting Ohtani, with that fee paid by the club that signs the player known as the “Babe Ruth of Japan’’ for his home run hitting prowess as a lefty batter and his power right-handed pitching.

On Monday, the Yankees added to their international bonus pool money via trade with the Marlins, sending lefty Caleb Smith and first baseman Garrett Cooper to Miami for a pitching prospect and $250,000 of international bonus pool money.

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Roy Halladay

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Roy Halladay
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Halladay pitching for the Blue Jays in 2009
Pitcher
Born: (1977-05-14)May 14, 1977
Denver, Colorado
Died: November 7, 2017(2017-11-07) (aged 40)
Gulf of Mexico near Holiday, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 1998, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 2013, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 203–105
Earned run average 3.38
Strikeouts 2,117
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Harry Leroy Halladay III[1] (May 14, 1977 – November 7, 2017), nicknamed “Doc”, was an American professional baseball player who pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies between 1998 and 2013. His nickname, coined by Toronto Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek,[2] was a reference to Wild West gunslinger “Doc” Holliday.

Halladay was the Blue Jays’ first draft selection in the 1995 Major League Baseball draft, the 17th pick overall, and played for the team from 1998 through 2009, after which he was traded to Philadelphia. Halladay was known for his ability to pitch deep into games effectively and, at the time of his retirement, was the active major league leader in complete games with 67, including 20 shutouts.[3]

On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history, beating the Florida Marlins by a score of 1–0.[4] On October 6, 2010, in his first postseason start, Halladay threw the second no-hitter in MLB postseason history (Don Larsen‘s perfect game in the 1956 World Series being the first) against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS.[5][6] It was his second no-hitter of the year (following the May 29 perfect game), making Halladay the fifth pitcher in major league history (and the first since Nolan Ryan in 1973) to throw multiple no-hitters in the same season. During the 2012 season, he became the 67th pitcher to record 2,000 strikeouts. Halladay was also one of six pitchers in MLB history to win the Cy Young Award in both the American and National Leagues.

On November 7, 2017, Halladay died after his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.[7][8]

Early life

Born in Denver, Colorado, Halladay grew up in the suburb of Arvada; his father was a pilot for a food-processing company, while his mother was a homemaker. From an early age, Halladay loved baseball, trying every position on the field until, by age 14, his success on the pitcher’s mound attracted the attention of major league scouts. By the age of 13, he had begun training with Colorado baseball guru Bus Campbell, who had helped almost every promising pitcher from the Denver area, including Goose Gossage and Brad Lidge.[9]

In 1995, after graduating from Arvada West High School,[1] he was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the amateur draft, in the first round, as the 17th overall pick. He was promoted to the major-league club as a September call-up in 1998.[10]

Career

Toronto Blue Jays (1998–2009)

1998–2001

In his second career start, against the Detroit Tigers on September 27, 1998, Halladay had what would have been the third no-hitter ever pitched on the final day of a regular season broken up with two outs in the ninth. The feat would have joined the combined no-hitter by four Oakland Athletics pitchers (Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers) in 1975 and Mike Witt‘s perfect game in 1984. The bid was broken up by a Bobby Higginson solo home run. The home run was the only hit Halladay would allow in a 2–1 Blue Jays victory, as he recorded his first major league win.

During the 2000 season, Halladay sported a 10.64 earned run average (ERA) in 19 games, 13 of which he started, making his 2000 season the worst in history for any pitcher with at least 50 innings pitched.[11][12] At the beginning of the 2001 season, Halladay was optioned to Class A Dunedin Blue Jays to rebuild his delivery.

Halladay’s fastball was clocked up to 95 miles per hour (153 km/h), but it had little movement, and his pitches were up in the strike zone, which was ultimately the reason why his 2000 season was so unsuccessful. He worked with former Blue Jays pitching coach Mel Queen. The problem, Queen realized, was Halladay’s total reliance on his strength—his attempt to overpower batters with straight-ahead pitches. Within two weeks, Halladay had altered his arm angle for a more deceptive delivery, and added pitches that sank and careened.[13] Instead of throwing over the top, he chose to use a three-quarters delivery (the middle point between throwing overhand and sidearm). Originally a fastball pitcher, he became reliant on keeping his pitches low across the plate, regardless of the type of pitch thrown. The adjustments proved successful. After a month and a half, he was promoted to Double-A Tennessee, and a month later, to Triple-A Syracuse. By mid-season, he was back in the Blue Jays’ rotation. He posted a 5–3 win–loss record with a 3.19 ERA for the Blue Jays in 16 starts in 2001.

2002–2006

Halladay with Toronto in 2006

In 2002, Halladay had a breakout season, finishing with a 19–7 record, while posting a 2.93 ERA with 168 strikeouts in 239.1 innings. Halladay was named to the American League All-Star team.

Halladay continued his success in the 2003 season, posting a 22–7 record with a 3.25 ERA in 266 innings. He also recorded 204 strikeouts and only 32 walks, good for a 6.38 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Halladay pitched the first extra-inning shutout in the major leagues since Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, leading the Blue Jays to victory over the Tigers on September 6. He pitched 10 innings and had not allowed a hit until Kevin Witt doubled with two outs in the top of the eighth.[14] Halladay won the American League Cy Young Award, while being once again named an All-Star and leading the Blue Jays to a surprising 86 victories. He was named by his peers as the Players Choice Awards AL Outstanding Pitcher. He was also named the Sporting News AL Pitcher of the Year and the Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball Awards AL Cy Young Award winner.

In 2004, Halladay was placed on the disabled list twice due to right shoulder problems. In just 133.0 innings, he went 8–8 with a 4.20 ERA. He walked 39 batters, seven more than he had walked in 2003 when he had pitched twice as many innings. He later revealed that he had been injured throughout the entire season with a “tired throwing arm”, which he believed was from intense workouts in preseason.

The 2005 season began successfully for Halladay, as he posted a 12–4 record with a 2.41 ERA in 19 starts. He was selected to his third All-Star team and was slated to be the starting pitcher for the American League at the All-Star Game in Detroit. However, on July 8, Halladay’s leg was broken by a line drive off the bat of Texas Rangers left fielder Kevin Mench.[15] As a result, he was replaced in the All-Star Game by Matt Clement of the Boston Red Sox, while Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox was named the starting pitcher for the American League. Despite rehabilitation of his leg, Halladay would sit out the remainder of the season.

On March 16, 2006, Halladay signed a US$40 million, three-year contract extension that would last through 2010.[15] During that year, Halladay finished near the top of the MLB in wins with 16. He was named to the American League All-Star Team as a reserve on July 3, along with four of his Blue Jays teammates. It marked the second-most appearances in club history, and Halladay’s fourth as an All-Star. Although Halladay’s strikeout total was lower in 2006 than in previous seasons, his ground ball/fly ball ratio, complete games, and innings pitched were all among the American League leaders.

2007–2009

Halladay was the American League pitcher of the month in April 2007, going 4–0, highlighted by a 10-inning complete game win over the Detroit Tigers. However, he pitched poorly in his two starts in May, and on May 11 was placed on the disabled list and underwent an appendectomy. He returned to the rotation in his usual form on May 31 against the Chicago White Sox. Halladay went 7 innings, giving up just six hits and allowing no runs on his way to his 100th career win. 2007 also saw Halladay hit his first career RBI. Against the LA Dodgers on June 10, his ground ball single to center field allowed John McDonald to score. He shut out the Seattle Mariners on July 22, allowing only three hits.

In 2008, for the sixth consecutive year, Halladay was Toronto’s opening-day starter, improving his own club record.[16] He lost 3–2 in a pitcher’s duel with New York’s Chien-Ming Wang. His first win of the season came in his next start against Boston, when he outpitched Josh Beckett in his season debut. In his third start, Halladay pitched a complete game against the Texas Rangers, in a 4–1 win. Three of his nine complete game efforts resulted in losses due to Toronto’s underachieving offense early in the season. In fact, those three complete game losses came in three consecutive starts. On June 20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Halladay was struck in the temple by a line-drive off the bat of Nyjer Morgan. The ball caromed off Halladay’s head and was caught by third baseman Scott Rolen, ending the inning. Halladay was able to walk back to the dugout, but was taken out of the game for safety concerns. Although he was given a clean bill of health for his next start, it was later suggested by television commentators that Halladay may have in fact suffered a temporary lapse in recognition of what happened on the play. Halladay pitched his 10th career shutout against the Seattle Mariners on June 30. He limited them to four hits in his sixth complete game of the season. The shutout tied him with the Cardinals’ Mark Mulder for 10th among active pitchers. On July 11, 2008, Halladay pitched his 7th complete game and second shutout of the season against the New York Yankees, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits for his 38th career complete game. Halladay was named to the American League All-Star Team as a reserve. He pitched in the fourth inning, yielding only one hit and striking out Lance Berkman. In his last start of the season, he fittingly pitched a complete game against the Yankees to win his 20th game of the year. In so doing, he became the first pitcher to win five games against the Yankees in a single season since Luis Tiant in 1974. In addition, he led the AL with a 1.05 WHIP. Halladay finished second in the 2008 American League Cy Young Award voting, behind Cliff Lee of the Indians.[17] He also led the AL with 9 complete games, and struck out a career-high 206 batters (two more than his 2003 season) as well as posted a 2.78 ERA (the second-best of his career) that was second only to Cliff Lee‘s 2.54 ERA. Halladay also became just the fourth pitcher in major league history to post two seasons of 200 strikeouts and fewer than 40 walks. He was presented the George Gross/Toronto Sun Sportsperson of the Year award.[18]

On April 6, 2009, Halladay made his team-record seventh straight Opening Day start for Toronto, defeating the Detroit Tigers. Halladay then also won his next two starts, on the road against the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins. Halladay would lose his next game to the Rangers giving up 5 earned runs over 8 innings only to go on and win his next 6 games to bring his record up to 8–1 with a 2.75 ERA. With season-ending injuries to planned 2009 Jays’ starters Dustin McGowan and Shawn Marcum, and with #2 starter Jesse Litsch on the disabled list early in the season, Halladay led a staff of young, mostly inexperienced starters. Halladay was named the AL Player of the Week for the period ending May 17. Doc was 2–0 with a 1.13 ERA over 16.0 innings in his two starts the week prior.[19] In a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 2, Halladay struck out 14 batters and threw 133 pitches, both career highs.[20] On June 12, he left the game early because of a strained hip adductor muscle, commonly referred to as a pulled groin, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17. On July 5, he was selected to represent Toronto at the All-Star Game. On July 14, he started the All-Star Game for the American League, pitching 2 innings and giving up 3 runs, of which 1 was unearned. That year, he was named #7 on the Sporting Newss list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. A panel of 100 baseball people, many of them members of the Baseball Hall of Fame and winners of major baseball awards, was polled to arrive at the list.[21]

As of the conclusion of his start on September 20, 2009, Halladay was tied for the second-longest streak in the American League that season with a 24-inning scoreless streak.[22] Halladay finished the season with a 17–10 record,[23] giving him a career win percentage of .660, good enough for 18th all-time.[24] In December, Sports Illustrated named Halladay as one of the five pitchers in the starting rotation of its MLB All-Decade Team.

Philadelphia Phillies (2010–2013)

On December 15, 2009, the Blue Jays traded Halladay to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league prospects Travis d’Arnaud, Kyle Drabek, and Michael Taylor.[25] He agreed to a contract extension worth US$60 million that included a US$20 million vesting option for a fourth season.[22]

2010

Halladay pitching for the Phillies

On Opening Day, Halladay pitched seven innings while giving up a run against the Washington Nationals in his first game with the Phillies. He had nine strikeouts and allowed six hits. He also drove in his second career RBI and earned his first win of the season. He followed this start with a complete game on April 11 against the Houston Astros, giving up one unearned run while striking out eight and not giving up any walks in the Phillies’ 2–1 victory.

Halladay pitched his first shutout in the National League, against the Atlanta Braves on April 21, becoming the first pitcher to reach four wins in the 2010 season. On May 1, Halladay pitched his second shutout of the season, limiting the New York Mets to three hits and striking out six.

On September 21, Halladay became the first Phillies pitcher to win 20 games in a season since Steve Carlton accomplished it in 1982. He was the first right-handed Phillies pitcher to accomplish the feat since Robin Roberts in 1955.[26] One week later, on September 27, he completed his 21st victory, helping the Phillies clinch their fourth consecutive National League East title, and the Phillies finished with the best regular season record in MLB.

Halladay made his first postseason start in Game One of the National League Division Series, as the Phillies squared off against the Cincinnati Reds. Halladay threw a no-hitter, giving up only one walk (to Jay Bruce in the fifth inning) in a 4–0 victory. Halladay’s was only the second postseason no-hitter in Major League Baseball history, and the first since Don Larsen‘s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.[27] He threw only 104 pitches. Halladay become the first pitcher in Major League history to throw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the same season. The Phillies swept the Reds in three games to advance to their third consecutive National League Championship Series, where they faced the San Francisco Giants. Halladay started Games One and Five, which were one of the most touted postseason pitching matchups in recent history as he faced another former Cy Young winner in both games, Tim Lincecum. Halladay lost Game One 4–3 and won Game Five 4–2, as the Phillies were eliminated in six games by the Giants, who went on to win the World Series.

Halladay was named by his peers as the Players Choice Awards NL Outstanding Pitcher. He was also unanimously chosen as the recipient of the 2010 National League Cy Young Award, becoming the first Phillie to win the award since Steve Bedrosian in 1987 and only the fifth pitcher in MLB history to win the award in both leagues, joining Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martínez, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens. He was likewise selected as the Sporting News NL Pitcher of the Year, the USA Today NL Cy Young, the Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball Awards NL Cy Young,[28] and the winner of the NLBM Wilbur “Bullet” Rogan Legacy Award (NL Pitcher of the Year). He also was named the MLB “This Year in Baseball Awards” Starting Pitcher of the Year.[29] Baseball Digest named him its Pitcher of the Year (including both leagues). Baseball America named him its Major League Player of the Year (including all positions in both leagues).[30] MLB named him its “MLB Clutch Performer of the Year”.[31] He was given the Heart & Hustle Award by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. He was also named Pro Athlete of the Year by both the Sporting News[32] and the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association[33][34][35][36] and Sportsperson of the Year by the Philadelphia Daily News. The Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America presented him the “Steve Carlton Most Valuable Pitcher” and “Dallas Green Special Achievement” awards.

In 250 23 innings pitched, Halladay finished the 2010 regular season with a 21–10 record and a 2.44 ERA, setting a career high with 219 strikeouts while issuing just 30 walks. He led the National league in wins, innings pitched, and complete games (9), including 4 shutouts. He became just the seventh pitcher in the history of Major League baseball to pitch 250 or more innings with 30 or fewer walks, the first pitcher to do so since Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1923 with the Chicago Cubs.[37]

Perfect game

On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history, against the Florida Marlins in Miami, retiring all 27 batters and striking out 11, allowing no hits, runs, walks, or errors.[38] This was the first time in the modern era that two pitchers (Dallas Braden of the Oakland A’s and Halladay) had thrown perfect games in the same month and that multiple perfect games had been achieved in the same season. When Halladay’s former manager, Cito Gaston, called to congratulate him, Halladay was unable to take the call because he was busy with the post-game media frenzy.[39] On August 24, 2010, to commemorate his perfect game, Halladay presented around 60 Swiss-made Baume and Mercier watches he had purchased to everyone in the clubhouse. The watches were presented in brown boxes that bore the inscription: “We did it together. Thanks, Roy Halladay.” Additionally, the back of each watch was engraved with the date of the game, the line score, and the individual recipient’s name.[40]

Postseason no-hitter

Roy Halladay and Don Larsen, the only two pitchers to throw postseason no-hitters in MLB history

On October 6, 2010, in his first postseason appearance, Halladay pitched a no-hitter (his second of the season), against the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of the National League Division Series (NLDS). He became the second player ever to pitch a no-hitter in the postseason, joining Don Larsen of the 1956 New York Yankees, who pitched a perfect game in the World Series. He also became the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan in 1973 to throw two no-hitters in a season, as well as the seventh pitcher to hurl both a perfect game and a regular no-hitter in his career, joining Cy Young, Addie Joss, Jim Bunning, Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson and Mark Buehrle. Halladay allowed just one walk to right fielder Jay Bruce with two outs in the fifth inning, and faced just one batter above the minimum 27.[41] This also marked the first time in Major League history that a pitcher threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the same season. The fans voted his no-hitter as the “This Year in Baseball Awards” Postseason Moment of the Year.[42]

2011

For the 2011 season, Halladay was joined by Cliff Lee, who before the 2010 season had been traded away from the Phillies shortly before Halladay joined. The resulting starting pitching lineup of Halladay, Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton had commentators dub it one of the best rotations ever assembled.[43][44][45][46] Halladay, Oswalt, Lee, and Hamels were dubbed the ‘Phantastic Phour‘ by fans and the media.[45]

On April 24, 2011, Halladay struck out 14 and allowed just 5 hits in the game as his team swept the San Diego Padres in all four games. Halladay took a two-hitter into the ninth before allowing three straight singles. He allowed just one run and won, 3–1.[47]

Halladay in 2011

In May, Halladay was named the 2011 winner of the John Wanamaker Athletic Award,[48] by the Philadelphia Sports Congress, based on his 2010 season.[49][50][51][52][53][54] In June, Halladay was presented the Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award, for his performance since June 2010.

On July 12, Halladay was the NL starting pitcher in the All-Star Game. Halladay went 19–6 in 2011, with a 2.35 ERA, and pitched 8 complete games, second most in the Majors. The Phillies won their fifth consecutive National League East championship, and also finished with the best record in baseball for the second straight year.

Halladay was named the starter for Games One and Five during the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He won Game One 11–6, but lost the Game Five 1–0, which was a duel with former Blue Jays teammate Chris Carpenter. This loss eliminated the Phillies from the playoffs, a disappointment as they were touted as heavy favorites for the World Series,[55] and it would turn out to be Halladay’s final postseason appearance. Reflecting on that series at his retirement, Halladay said “I think the one thing I took away from that is you can have the best team on paper, you can have the guys who want it the most. But when the squirrel runs across home plate while your team is trying to pitch, there is nothing you can do about that.”[56][57]

Halladay finished second in the NL Cy Young voting to Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.[58] He was selected as one of the three starting pitchers on the MLB Insiders Club Magazine All-Postseason Team.[59]

In December, Halladay was named the Sportsperson of the Year by the Philadelphia Daily News for the second consecutive year.[60]

2012

On April 5, 2012, Halladay threw 8 innings of shutout ball against the Pirates on Opening Day, giving up 2 hits while striking out 5.[61]

On May 29, Halladay was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. It was his first DL stint since 2009.[62] In a press conference on June 6, Halladay stated, “Ultimately, my goal is to finish my career with the Phillies and win a World Series here. Some of those things are not fully in my control, but my intent is to play here and finish my career here and be here as long as I can.” Halladay stated this during his press conference about his shoulder injury, which he revealed that he will sit out three more weeks, and then re-evaluate his condition.[63] The injury would eventually be diagnosed as a strained latissimus dorsi and Halladay was hopeful he would be able to return shortly after the All-Star break in July.[64]

On July 17, Halladay came off the DL and was the starting pitcher against the Los Angeles Dodgers.[65] He pitched 5 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 earned runs while fanning 6 in a no-decision which the Phillies would go on to win, 3–2.[66] In a loss against the Atlanta Braves on July 29, Halladay recorded his 2,000th strikeout to become the 67th pitcher in MLB history to reach the milestone.[67] Even though Halladay was on the DL and had the worst ERA since first starting off his career, he still remained above .500 going 11–8.

2013

After struggling in spring training,[68] Halladay gave up five runs in his first start in the Phillies second game on April 3, 2013, striking out nine in 313 innings pitched.[69] After struggling in his prior starts, Halladay pitched eight innings allowing just one run on April 14, 2013, against the Miami Marlins whom the Phillies defeated 2–1. Halladay recorded his 200th career win in the game.[70]

On May 5, Halladay gave up nine earned runs in just 213 innings. The next day, Halladay was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury. On May 8, it was announced that he would have surgery on his shoulder to have a bone spur removed. The surgery was also to address fraying of his labrum, and rotator cuff.[71] Though he was initially supposed to be making a rehab start in Double-A for the Reading Fightin’ Phils that day, an 18-inning game the previous night caused the Phillies to have a shortage of pitchers and as such, Halladay returned to the major leagues on August 25 for a start against the Arizona Diamondbacks in which he threw six innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.[72]

Retirement

On December 9, 2013, Halladay signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Blue Jays and announced his retirement from baseball due to injury.[56][57] At his press conference, Halladay listed a persistent back injury, as well as wanting to be more involved with his family, as his reasons for retiring. Although retired as a player, Halladay continued to be a part of the game as a guest instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.[73][74]

Approach to pitching

Halladay in 2009, showing his characteristic sinker grip

Halladay’s distinctiveness was characterized by his ability to throw a hard two-seam sinking fastball ranging in the low 90s with pinpoint control. In addition, he threw a four-seam fastball in the low 90s, a curveball in the high 70s, and cut fastball from 90–92 mph for which he had modified his grip in 2007 at the suggestion of former catcher Sal Fasano.[75] Halladay threw the hardest cutter among MLB starters in the 2011 season, at an average of 91.4 mph.[76] The changeup was one pitch that Halladay had problems commanding for many years, and which he used very rarely. However, after joining the Phillies in 2010, Halladay started throwing a change-up pitch that was really a version of the split-finger fastball (called a “split-change”) that he used as a strikeout pitch. The pitch was introduced to Halladay by pitching coach Rich Dubee.[77]

Despite his reputation as a ground ball pitcher who worked at an efficient pace, Halladay’s strikeout totals increased steadily in the few final years of his career. Halladay’s efficiency and durability were reflected in his total innings pitched every year, also due to his ability to strike out hitters and induce ground ball outs to escape jams. He often led the league in innings pitched and complete games, while ranking among the leaders in WHIP and ERA.

Prior to and during each start, Halladay had a distinct trademark in which he went into a complete “isolation mode”, immersing himself in complete concentration and in more or less his own words: To plan every pitch he would pitch while on the mound. During this time, he would not talk to anyone except the manager or the pitching coach. He would not even reply to a “hello” or wave from a teammate or spectator, nor talk to the media until he had been relieved or had completed the game.[78]

Personal life

Halladay had two children with his wife, Brandy. During the offseason, Halladay lived with his family in Tarpon Springs, Florida.[18][79]

While he was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, Halladay and his wife invited children and their families from the Hospital for Sick Children into “Doc’s Box” at Rogers Centre during Blue Jays games. The remodeling of the suite to be more kid-friendly was documented in an episode of Design Inc.. As part of Halladay’s contract with the Blue Jays, he also donated $100,000 each year to the Jays Care Foundation.[80]

Halladay was the Blue Jays’ nominee numerous times for the Roberto Clemente Award for his work with underprivileged children.[81] For the same reason, he was also the Blue Jays’ nominee in 2008 for the Players Choice Awards Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.[82]

Halladay was the cover athlete for Major League Baseball 2K11.[83]

Death

On November 7, 2017, Halladay died when the ICON A5 aircraft he was flying in crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay is presumed to have been piloting the plane, given that he is reported to have been the only passenger onboard at the time of the crash. The crash was reported to have happened about 10 miles (16 km) off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida in water 6 feet (1.8 m) deep. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded to the accident after a call at noon reporting a sport plane having crashed upside down into shallow water. The plane was reported to be Halladay’s, and he had tweeted in the past about his excitement about acquiring the plane. It was reportedly registered in the name of Halladay’s father.[84][85][86][87]