11/16/10 2:51 PM EST
Cover boy Roy: Halladay face of 'MLB 2K11'
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Doc scored the cover of "MLB 2K11," the popular video game from 2K Sports. The company predicted that the Baseball Writers' Association of America would name Halladay the NL Cy Young winner.
Halladay went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA in 33 starts this season. He led the league in wins, complete games (nine), shutouts (four) and innings pitched (250 2/3). He also became just the 20th pitcher in baseball history to throw a perfect game.
Halladay added a no-hitter in Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Reds, although the BBWAA votes for its postseason awards before the playoffs.
"I'm honored to be on the cover," Halladay said in a statement on Monday. "I'm not one for predictions, but should 2K Sports be right about tomorrow, well, that would be a great way to end the year."
"Roy has truly distinguished himself as the best pitcher in baseball," said Greg Thomas, senior vice president of sports development for 2K.
Halladay certainly lived up to expectations in 2010 after being acquired last December in a trade with the Blue Jays for prospects Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor and Travis d'Arnaud. And it was he who was on the mound in Washington in September when the Phillies clinched their fourth consecutive NL East championship. It was the first time in his storied career that he reached the postseason.
Halladay became just the fifth pitcher in baseball history to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues, having won in the American League in 2003 while with the Blue Jays. Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens also accomplished that feat.
Phillies fans might like to know that there appears to be no cover jinx with MLB 2K, with the 2010 version available for purchase at mlb.com.
Evan Longoria had the cover in 2010, and he went on to hit .294 with 46 doubles, five triples, 22 home runs, 104 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He also made the AL All-Star team and earned his second consecutive Gold Glove Award.
Tim Lincecum had the cover in 2009, and he went 15-7 with a 2.48 ERA to win his second consecutive NL Cy Young Award.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.