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Halladay voted Clutch Performer of the Year

Halladay voted Clutch Performer of the Year

PHILADELPHIA -- Who knew it would be the first no-hitter Roy Halladay would throw in 2010?

Halladay threw a perfect game May 29 against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium. It was one of the season's most memorable moments, which is why fans voted Halladay the 2010 MLB Clutch Performer of the Year presented by Pepsi.

Halladay also threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Oct. 6.

Halladay said during a news conference after the Phillies' loss to the Giants in the NL Championship Series that he had not allowed himself to reflect on the perfect game or no-hitter against the Reds.

CLUTCH VOTING
The results of the voting for the 2010 MLB Clutch Performer of the Year presented by Pepsi:
PLAYER PCT.
RHP Roy Halladay, Phillies 32%
RHP Brian Wilson, Giants 21%
1B Joey Votto, Reds 15%
LHP CC Sabathia, Yankees 13%
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 11%
RHP Rafael Soriano, Rays 5%

"Probably in a week or so," he said. "I think there's always a little bit of time for that. I think moving forward there's parts of the season you're going to enjoy, parts of the season you're going to remember. But I think the one thing that sticks out there is trying to win. I think that is going to be the overwhelming thing for me this winter. If we won, I might have retired. I don't know. To be able to have that anticipation looking forward, I think that's going to be the overwhelming thing for me."

He was kidding about retirement if the Phillies had won the World Series, right?

"Yeah," he said with a smile.

Halladay won the Clutch award by garnering more online votes than any of the other five nominees: Brian Wilson of the Giants, Joey Votto of the Reds, CC Sabathia of the Yankees, Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers and Rafael Soriano of the Rays.

Phillies fans knew before the perfect game how talented Halladay was, but it really hit them on May 29.

Perfection. It was only the 20th perfect game in baseball history, and Halladay did it in fewer than two months with his new team.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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