DUNEDIN, Fla. - The impact of Roy Halladay's no-hitter was far-reaching around baseball, but one place that Phillies management had to be happy it reached was the clubhouse of their Instructional League team.
"As a pitching staff here, we spent an hour talking about what he did and why he is so special," said Jesse Biddle, the first-round pick from Germantown Friends. "You just don't throw a no-hitter by chance. You really have to make your pitches."
Biddle watched the game Wednesday and noted, "Every time you go out, that's what you want to do. When you are throwing a no-hitter, you probably know after six [innings] you have a chance to do something."
For young pitchers like Biddle, Halladay is role model.
"That's the goal," Biddle said after throwing three shutout innings in an Instructional League game against the Blue Jays. "I'm Jesse Biddle, there is no other Roy Halladay, no other like him, he is his own breed. An unbelievable athlete, an unbelievable human, but now I am just going to do what I can to win games."
Biddle signed after the draft and moved from the rookie-level GCL to the upper short-season New York-Penn League at Williamsport. "Right now, the plan is to work and be a starter on the five-man rotation in [Class A] Lakewood," he said. "That will be a long season, so I have to be ready for that."
- Eddie Michels