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Alomar, Blue Jays rooting for Halladay as he closes in on Cooperstown

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22.01.2019

TORONTO — For six years, Jason Frasor was Roy Halladay’s teammate. They shared the same opponents, the same post-game meals and the same flights.

Yet when Frasor starts reminiscing about his time playing alongside Halladay in Toronto, he sounds more like a fan than a teammate.

“It’s too bad that we weren’t better as a team,” Frasor said. “Because how does that guy not win 25 games? He was that consistent. He was that reliable.

“I admire no one more than I admire Roy Halladay,” Frasor continued. “It was just a pleasure to watch him pitch every fifth day. He was the best. He was just the best.”

By the time Halladay retired, he had two Cy Young Awards, a perfect game, a playoff no-hitter and a lifetime 3.38 ERA. Plus, he led his league in complete games seven times and innings four times. On days Halladay started, the bullpen often got a rest.

“We had an extra Labatt’s, maybe, the night before,” Frasor said. “Ninety-nine times out of 100, the guy was going seven. Then you get your closer ready and it’s game over.”

Less than a year and a half after his tragic death, those who knew Halladay personally still get emotional talking about him, but they take a little solace in his continued progress towards a first-ballot Hall of Fame induction. At Winter Fest this past weekend, many former teammates offered heartfelt endorsements of Halladay’s greatness while current Hall of Famers expressed hope that ‘Doc’ would soon join them in Cooperstown.

Roy Halladay. (Rene Johnston/CP)

Before Halladay was........

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