Some Penn State baseball news for your Saturday afternoon, as Braden Halladay, son of the late Roy Halladay, announced his commitment to Penn State. Halladay is currently in his junior year at Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, Florida.
Halladay played on the Calvary Christian varsity team in 2017 as a sophomore, pitching 23.1 innings with a 2.10 earned run average, a 21/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio, as well as one complete game and two saves. All stats were taken from MaxPreps.
Growing up as the son of a star in Major League Baseball afforded Halladay a leg up on most in the area of coaching, but don't expect him to be exactly like his dad, just because of his name.
“I try to listen to everything he says, but he is my dad so sometimes I get annoyed,” Braden said at a Perfect Game event in 2016. “Being a 15-year-old kid I think that I’m doing everything right but I just have to remind myself that he’s the one who played in the big leagues and I need to listen to what he has to say.”
The late, elder Halladay acknowledged the difficulties of trying to teach his own son, as well.
“I know my son tends to listen to other coaches a lot better than he listens to me,” Roy said during a separate conversation with PG. “The more coaches that are knowledgeable and can help him the better, and I’ve talked to him about that – if you hear something you like, try it, and if you like it keep it, and if you don’t, throw it out.
“That’s kind of the attitude we’ve been taking, even with the stuff I recommend to him,” Roy added. “It can’t hurt to hear things from different perspectives. Somebody may say something way different from the way I say it and it may click for him.”
Still, he is the son of one of the best pitchers in the history of the big leagues. So it's not surprising to hear that he takes after his father quite a bit.
“Basically, everything I know about pitching is from him,” Braden concluded. “I don’t have the same exact motion but except for one or two things everything is pretty much the same.”
Hopefully, he'll be able to continue his father's legacy while at Penn State.