Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com had a chance to speak with cyborg Roy Halladay yesterday following his first Spring Training appearance of the year.  After pretending to be completely human throughout most of the interview, speaking of such fictional things as his emotions and his having fun getting out there again, Halladay informs us that his mainframe will be testing out some new software this Spring.

There are a couple of things I want to try. For any pitcher, you’re always trying to improve on what you already do. For me that’s always the case. I’m going to keep them in my pocket until I decide whether or not they work.

Last season, Halladay used a changeup more than he had ever done so in his career, throwing it 11.5% of the time and finding great success with it after downloading a new grip from Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee.  Doc also used a fastball and curve effectively last season, while sporting the most highly rated cutter among starting pitchers.  Earlier in his career, Halladay’s operating system included a slider and splitter, which were both pretty much abandoned shortly after his upgrade in 2002.

Despite his Cy Young Award winning season, Halladay’s self-diagnostic software still finds areas for improvement.

There were times last year when I felt like I’d lose a pitch for a couple starts. I felt like there were times when I was really limited to one or two pitches during the course of a game. I’d like to find a way to keep things more consistent. Having more than two or three pitches as options would be ideal.

Apparently, a perfect game and a playoff no hitter just isn’t enough.

Comments (9)

  1. If Halladay ever ages, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him try to learn to throw a knuckleball or something. I’m sure he’ll be pitching in his late 40′s if he wants to.

  2. Some say that his tears are adhesive and that his legs are hydraulic. While others say he isn’t machine washable and when he used to pitch in Fenway Park, he’d get a terrible rash on his glove. All we know is he’s called The Doc.

  3. You think the Mets and Braves are working on Root Kit software to try and throw it off its game?

  4. And this is why I adore this man and miss him so very, very much.

  5. I hope after the primary objective of a World Series is attained, the programmers haven’t coded him to power down.

  6. Doc is a little bit crazy, but its not like he’s, you know, walking down the middle of the street in your underwear singing showtunes crazy, not at all. More like Leonardo Da Vinci crazy, the kind of crazy that really helps you achieve incredible things, but makes most people wonder how you devoted all that energy, thought and skill to achieving them. I, for one salute our new pitching overlord.

  7. I’m pretty sure we see this article every spring. The fact that Halladay is always coming up with new angles is precisely why he’s so good in the first place.

  8. If anyone gets to 300 wins again, Doc will be the guy. You could see him getting 15 wins a year at age 40 with half the stuff he has now. That cutter is one for the ages — like Carleton’s curve, Koufax’s fastball, and Vida Blue’s name.

  9. Speaking of Vida Blue — compare his numbers to Hunter and Drysdale.

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