Baseball Hall of Fame countdown: A year after his death, Roy Halladay should get in easily

USA TODAY Sports is counting down the top 10 candidates on the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in advance of the Jan. 22 election results. The countdown is based on voting by our power rankings panel, which includes five Hall voters.

No. 5 (tie): Roy Halladay

A year after his death in a tragic airplane accident, Halladay debuts on the Hall of Fame ballot. The two-time Cy Young winner should easily secure enough votes to be inducted on his first try, but his candidacy has an undeniable gravity in the wake of his passing.

He was truly a master of his craft. While Randy Johnson intimidated hitters with an upper-90s fastball and Greg Maddux frustrated opponents with his surgeon-like precision, Halladay found the perfect middle ground to become one of the best pitchers of his generation.

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